If you have been injured in a car accident, it may impact the other elements of your life. Should your job require that you are on your feet most of the time, a leg injury may prevent you from working. And your inability to financially support yourself and others is a serious matter.
Personal injury lawsuits are meant to help alleviate some of the financial burdens of being in an accident. It is essential to know what you should and should not do following a car accident. If you don’t, some you say, do, or fail to do may jeopardize your ability to seek compensation for your injury.
What To Do
Safety is paramount. This extends to you and anyone else who was involved in the accident. You can use that as a reference point for some of your decisions. Should I get in the ambulance? So I wait to go to the hospital? The answer to both questions is to do what is best for your safety and health.
If you are able, get as much information as you can. Your lawyer needs to build a case on your behalf. Providing him with information is a powerful way of giving him more options. Beyond the basic contact information and insurance information, take pictures to supplement your statements. Here are some things to take photos of:
- Road signs or traffic lights
- Damage to the vehicles
- Skid marks on the road
- Images that encapsulate the whole scene (not just close-ups of cars)
What Not To Do
After your accident, you will notify your insurance company. If you have hired legal counsel, don’t accept a settlement from an insurance agency without consulting your attorney. Because of his experience connected with personal injuries and insurance, he is in the best position to determine if the settlement is fair and reasonable.
Another essential thing to consider is that after an accident, you should not make subjective claims. For example, don’t point out or assume fault. The accident will be analyzed and dissected based on the evidence.
Lastly, don’t let someone convince you that you shouldn’t call the police. Contact the authorities and cooperate by answering truthfully. Stick to the facts of the accident and contact your attorney.
Feldman Legal Group
If you have been injured in a car accident and need representation, contact the Feldman Legal Group to request your assessment. We believe in fighting for the injured and obtaining the entirety of the compensation you are entitled to. Our trial experience and understanding of how insurance companies work can be your most vital asset.