In the event that you are involved in any type of vehicle accident, it is important you understand what steps to take in order to protect your rights and future. Similarly, it is important to be aware of mistakes that can weaken or ruin your accident claim. Because our firm truly cares about the community, we have compiled this list of 4 common errors many accident victims make following collisions:
1. Not Contacting the Police
Often, people involved in car accidents do not wish to involve police, believing that they can handle the collision and the details of the accident with the other involved parties. However, victims should contact the police immediately to ensure the accident is accurately and properly documented in case the victim decides to file a claim.
2. Waiting to Seek Help From Medical Professionals
After an accident occurs, involved parties usually experience a surge of adrenaline, allowing them to react and move without extreme pain. Many decline receiving medical attention and later feel the extent of their injuries. For this reason, accident victims should seek medical attention to ensure they have not sustained serious injuries and in order to protect their potential accident claims.
3. Failing to Collect Evidence
It is always wise for a person involved in a car accident to immediately document as much about the accident as possible. To do so, involved parties should photograph the event, collect any information about what witnesses have seen, and be sure to obtain a police report. All of these documents can prove to be very useful should a victim choose to file a car accident claim.
4. Trusting the Insurance Company to Compensate You Fairly
Too often, accident victims believe that insurance companies are on their side and accept extremely low offers that do not meet their medical needs. Remember, insurance companies are businesses whose main goal is to collect premiums from policyholders. For this reason, accident victims should seek experienced legal representation to ensure they have the ability to recover an adequate amount of financial compensation for any injuries, emotional distress, lost wages, and other damages they may have acquired as a result of the accident.
If you were recently involved in a vehicle accident, speaking to a lawyer can ensure you stay on the right track to receive fair compensation. Over the years, the Law Offices of Vic Feazell has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, and we can work diligently to do the same for you. Call us today!