Four Common Mistakes Made by Persons Injured In Motor Vehicle or Construction Accidents
There’s nothing wrong with having a positive outlook and believing that you will always be safe. However, not considering the possibility of meeting with an unexpected situation such as a motor vehicle accident or construction accident may cost you big time. This is why being prepared for an accident is essential. Post-injury, things can get so hectic that you’ll probably have a hard time thinking straight. Decisions and mistakes, even small ones, made after an injury can substantially limit your physical, mental, and financial recovery.
To help you make the right decisions after an injury and avoid post-accident missteps, here are a few common mistakes to avoid.
- Failing to report the incident to the police or employer. Most of the times victims don’t file a police report. Sometimes it’s the fear of police intervention, or it’s the fear of getting dragged into the daunting legal procedure. However, if you plan to seek compensation, filing a police report strengthens your case, irrespective of whether the accident is major or minor. Moreover, the report acts as potential evidence of the circumstances concerning the cause of the accident and the potential for injury. An accurate accident report will ensure your protection from any legal problems that may arise.
- Failing to obtain medical treatment. One of the biggest mistakes is not receiving medical care if needed and not following the advice of the treating physician. Sometimes there is more physical and medical damage later that is not always apparent at the time of an accident, which is why even if you feel okay after the accident, you should take the risk of injury seriously.
- Not preserving evidence of the incident through photos and obtaining witness statements.Unfortunately, many accident victims expect or rely on the insurance company or police officers to gather and protect personal injury evidence after an accident. However, relying too heavily on others could be your biggest mistake. Pictures and videos of the accident scene are the best way to preserve evidence of what happened, who was involved and where the accident took place.
- Speaking to insurance investigators without consulting an attorney. The insurance investigator may seem like he has good intentions, but remember he may not have your best interests in mind. An insurance investigator’s job is to have your claim cost the insurance company as little as possible. Don’t pay heed to a claim rep who will try his level best to convince you that you don’t need an attorney and the insurance company will sort it out. Make sure you consult a lawyer before speaking with an insurance investigator.
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