If you’ve been injured in a car accident, there are a number of steps that you need to take in order to ensure that you recover compensation for your damages. However, there are also a number of pitfalls that you need to avoid. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, here are 7 common mistakes, which could be detrimental in your ability to collect applicable damages:
1. Failing to file a Car Accident claim in time
Most insurance companies have stipulations regarding when you can file a claim. If you don’t file a claim within the specified time frame, then you may forfeit your right to compensation. In Texas, you can choose to pursue compensation outside of the insurance system by filing a personal injury claim – this too has time limitations, though.
2. Admitting Fault to Your Car Accident
One of the biggest pitfalls made by car accident victims is making any admittance of fault. While you may not actually say the words, “It was my fault,” even apologizing can be an admission of guilt. When speaking with the other driver, the police or your car insurance agent, always be very careful about any statements you make.
3. Posting on Social Media After a Car Wreck
Posting on social media can be ruinous for a car insurance claim. If you are claiming that you suffered a back injury, but then post a picture of yourself golfing, your insurance company’s legal representation may use the photo to argue that your injury isn’t legitimate. To protect yourself, refrain from posting on social media while going through the claims process is advised.
4. Releasing Medical Records After A Car Accident
If an insurance adjuster asks you to sign anything, especially a medical release form, don’t sign it unless you have an attorney present. An insurance agent may use your medical documents to suggest that because of a preexisting medical condition (such as poor vision), you are at fault for the accident.
5. Being Dishonest When Talking About Your Car Wreck
Being dishonest is never beneficial to a claim. Never state that you have an injury that you don’t, and never make up an answer to a question that you’re unsure about. If you don’t know how fast you were traveling at the time of collision, for example, simply say, “I don’t know.”
6. Accepting a First Settlement Offer For Your Car Accident
Insurance agents are guilty of “low-balling” settlement offers, especially the initial settlement offers. If you’ve been offered a settlement amount, never accept it without speaking to an attorney first. You should always negotiate a settlement amount prior to accepting it.
7. Trying to Recover Compensation on Your Own
If you’re trying to recover a large compensation amount on your own, you’re making a mistake. An attorney who is trained in personal injury and car accident law can be essential to your claim. If you need help proving the fault of the other driver, substantiating your injuries, or negotiating your settlement amount, the attorneys at Tate Law Offices, P.C., can help. Contact our Texas auto accident attorneys today for a free initial consultation.