Any seasoned personal injury and auto collision attorney would agree that the actions you take after a car crash will play a vital role in any legal action that arises. Here, the personal injury and auto collision law specialists at Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell explain what you should not do after you are involved in a car collision.
Mistake #1: Openly Discuss the Collision
In general, you should limit the discussion of your collision to your attorney. This is especially true when interacting with the other driver or even the insurance company, the latter of which may act as if they have your best interests in mind, but use a passing comment to prevent you from collecting the remuneration you deserve.
You should also limit your discussion of the collision on social media. Insurance companies, as well as the other driver’s lawyer, could use social media statements you make against you. While your case is in process, avoid saying anything about having been in a collision online.
Mistake #2: Fail to Have a Doctor Fully Assess Your Condition
After a collision, the adrenaline and fear you feel can easily mask any injuries you have suffered. Even if you feel physically okay, have a doctor check you thoroughly for injuries as soon after the collision as possible. Further, make sure to be very honest with the doctor about your condition—a minor discomfort now could easily turn into a debilitating injury later, so speak up about all the pain you feel. It can be very difficult to receive compensation for injuries you declare long after a collision is over, so the sooner you are assessed, the better.
Mistake #3: Fail to Collect Evidence
Documentation of a collision can play an integral part in the success of your case. After your collision—and when it is safe for you to do so—take photos and video of the collision scene. Be sure to document the damage done to your car, the other driver’s car and surrounding property damage, as well as any injuries you or the other driver sustained. Photos of license plates, insurance cards and drivers’ licenses will also prove valuable. It can may be helpful to record anything the other driver says to you, although it is important to ensure this will not escalate the situation in a dangerous way.
If you are injured, it is often helpful to keep a collision journal, chronicling your physical and emotional health after your crash. Your attorney, as well as the insurance company, will be able to use this to help confirm the extent of your injuries, which will impact the damages you may be able to collect.
Mistake #4: Neglect to Hire a Personal Injury and Auto Collision Law Specialist
Choosing to settle the issues that arise from a collision on your own with the other driver may seem like the “easy” solution, but it will do little to help you if you are seriously injured, or if your car has been majorly damaged. A verbal promise between you and another driver is not necessarily binding in any way, and if they renege on their promise, you will be left with major bills to pay. The personal injury and auto collision specialists at Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell know just how critical the time after a car collision is, and have the experience to help guide victims through the claims process quickly and easily. If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto collision, don’t wait—contact Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell today for a consultation.