What Not To Do After A Car Accident
Being involved in a collision is frightening and upsetting. It is hard to think straight after the sound of breaking glass, exploding airbags and tearing metal subside. You probably have many questions.
What happens next? What do you need to do? What should you not do? Who do you call? How badly are you injured? What is going to happen next? These are all excellent questions. One crucial question is what not to do after a vehicle collision.
There are several things to avoid doing after a car accident, they include:
- Do not get into a heated argument with passengers and/or other drivers.
- Never leave the scene of the crash. It is the law that you remain and render aid and assistance if possible.
- Never forget to document your accident. Include all medical receipts and other related expenses, names and contact information for eyewitnesses (if possible), a video of the crash scene or multiple pictures of the accident scene, and all of your injuries. All documentation such as this can help your accident attorney.
- Do not tell anyone about your version of the accident. Say nothing and save it for your car accident attorney.
- Never sign anything relating to who was at fault in the crash. Discuss this with your lawyer.
- Never admit you were at fault for the accident, even if you think that you were. Let the insurance companies and the police figure out how the accident happened.
- If you are asked if you are injured, but are not sure if you were, say you are unsure. You may not realize you are injured until later because the shock of the crash pumps adrenaline, and you may feel fine. However, denying you are hurt jeopardizes your ability to seek compensation later if injuries do manifest and you require medical care.
- Never speaking to the other side’s insurance company if they call you. Direct them to contact your attorney. Anything that the other side wants can be discussed with your lawyer. While the insurance company may sound sympathetic, its goal is to reduce any payments or deny your claim if possible.
- Never rushing to settlement. Do not settle your personal injury claim until you know the ramifications of accepting a settlement. Do not accept an early settlement, as once you sign on the dotted line, you cannot re-open your claim. Signing too soon means you may be required to meet additional expenses out of your pocket.
- Never attempt to file a personal injury lawsuit on your own. Hire an experienced attorney to represent you and guide you through the process.
- Never forget to contact an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible after being in a car accident. They can guide you through the process of providing all relevant and proper documentation about the crash and inform you of your legal rights.
Contact The Levinson Law Group Today
If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, reach out to The Levinson Law Group attorneys right away. At The Levinson Law Group, our dedicated team of car accident lawyers is here to help.
If you have questions about the recovery process, we can answer them. If you are not sure you want to bring a case against the other driver, we will not pressure you. We only want to make sure that you are informed and make the best decision for yourself and your family.
When you decide to work with The Levinson Law Group, you can rest assured that you will have someone in your corner throughout the entire process. We accept cases on a contingent fee. That means that if there is no recovery in your case, you pay no fee. And in most cases, we even advance the costs. To learn more about your options, call The Levinson Law Group at 760-827-1700.