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10 Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

Don’t Make These Mistakes When Filing a Car Crash Insurance Claim

Getting into a car accident can be a devastating experience that takes a serious emotional toll on your life. However, there are important steps to take after a car accident and mistakes to avoid to ensure that you can get the compensation that you deserve after filing a car accident insurance claim. Below, our expert team of car accident injury attorneys from West Coast Trial Lawyers  break down the 10 mistakes you should avoid after a car accident.

Avoid These 10 Mistakes After a Car Accident

  1. Do not leave the scene of an accident, whether you think it was your fault or not. When there is another person involved in an accident, leaving the scene of an can result in misdemeanor or felony charges if you are found at fault, or partially at fault for causing the accident. You cannot leave the scene of an accident before first exchanging information with the other parties also involved in the crash. You are only allowed to leave the scene of an accident if you happen to hit another vehicle to which there was minor property damage done. In either case, before leaving the scene of the accident, you should still leave your contact and insurance information, and collect the contact and insurance information of the other parties involved. 
  2. Not exchanging information at the accident is the biggest mishap that can occur after an accident. It’s not enough to stop and check in after an accident, each party involved must exchange both their contact information and insurance information. This is how you can hold the other parties accountable for any damages you might discover in the future as well. 
  3. Not attaining as much information or evidence from the scene of an accident. It is important to not only exchange information with the other parties involved, but to also get as much evidence as you can at the scene of an accident. This includes taking photos of the crash, damages, injuries, and license plate numbers. 
  4. Not attaining witness information and testimony. Witness testimony can greatly strengthen the case you need to build to file your insurance claim or lawsuit. If a witness stops to assist you all at the scene of the accident, be sure to ask them for their contact information and if they would be willing to provide you with a statement. 
  5. Not calling the police. While calling the police can seem like a frightening endeavor, it’s important to do so so that they can come and create an official accident report. Calling them could also help them provide you with emergency medical assistance, which is crucial to receive if you are hurt at the scene of the accident. The official accident report and the fact that you obtained medical assistance at the scene of the accident both are critical factors in building your case. 
  6. Forsaking medical treatment can greatly harm your case. It is important to get medical treatment as soon as possible and to comply with doctor’s orders. Doing so proves the severity of your injuries and can help build your case to file for an insurance claim and/or file a lawsuit if the insurance company doesn't offer you the compensation that you deserve. 
  7. Waiting too long to file an insurance claim can end your chances of ever receiving compensation for your injuries caused in an accident. You should file an insurance claim as soon as possible after an accident. If it comes down to the need to file a lawsuit, you only have two years to file a lawsuit. 
  8. Speaking to the opposing insurance company on your own can ruin your insurance claim and chance at receiving the compensation that you deserve. Insurance companies are in the business of making profit over their customers’ well-being. If you file the claim on your own, they might try to outright deny the claim or offer you the minimum amount of compensation that they can get away with. You should get an experienced car accident attorney who knows how to handle the insurance companies to get the compensation that you deserve. 
  9. Giving a false or incorrect statement (even by accident). When filing an insurance claim or speaking to an insurance person, if you provide a false statement at anytime, this can kill your claim. Even if you say something that is interpreted as a falsification of the truth, you can be in big trouble. These statements are held on file and can be used against you to deny your claim or in a lawsuit. 
  10. Settling for less is the most common mistake that people can make after filing a car insurance claim. Insurance companies are in the business of making profit and will do everything they can to get you to settle for their first offer, which is usually a low-ball amount. They might continuously call you to pressure you into accepting it. Once you get an experienced car accident attorney, these insurance companies know that you mean serious business and the attorney will negotiate with the insurance company to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve. If they refuse, this attorney can represent you in a lawsuit against the insurance company too.

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