Traffic accidents can be scary, especially if someone's been injured.
Aside from injuries and property damage, a lot of people involved in auto
accidents have a difficult time remembering the things they should and
should not do in order to protect themselves and their right to financial
At The Dunnion Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers know that car accidents
are a frightening time, and we want to help make sure you have the information
you need after you've been involved in a collision. Because there
are certain mistakes that can threaten your future injury claim should
you choose to file one, below are a 5 things you should avoid:
Not Calling Law Enforcement - Not calling the police is a common mistake. It's also a mistake that
can harm your future injury claim. By calling police after an accident,
you can ensure that any immediate emergencies will be addressed. A law
enforcement officer can also act as a neutral third party who can document
what happened and collect evidence or witness testimony.
Forgetting to Exchange Information - You need to collect information of all parties involved whenever you
are in an accident. Without it, you have no case. Make sure to collect
all contact and insurance information from other drivers involved, including
their license plate numbers. If there are any witnesses, get their information as well.
Waiting to Get Medical Attention - Far too many people involved in auto accidents don't get immediate
medical attention, either because they don't feel pain at the time
or because they think the pain will go away. With adrenaline rushing,
you may not feel pain until a later time, or you may put yourself at risk
if you put off going to the doctor. Seeking prompt medical attention is
crucial to both your health and your future injury claim.
Not Collecting Evidence - If you are able to, make sure you collect as much information as possible
regarding the accident. Taking video or pictures of property damage, the
scene, visible injuries, and roadway conditions is important. You can
also write down all events while they are still fresh in your mind.
Believing the Insurance Company Will Be Fair - Insurance companies are in business to collect premiums, not to pay out
insurance claims. Don't be misled into thinking the insurance company
is on your side. Speak with an attorney first before speaking to the insurance
company and never accept any offers without consulting a legal professional.
You may risk accepting a settlement that is less than you need and deserve.
Contacting an experienced lawyer as soon as possible after your accident
can help ensure you make the right choices when it comes to protecting
your legal rights. If you have questions about your case and how our accident
attorneys can help you, contact us today for a