As a continuation of Most Common Mistakes People Make after Car Accidents (Part 1), the following explains some additional commonly made mistakes that people often commit after getting into motor vehicle accidents. Being aware of these mistakes should help you to avoid making them and, as a result, help protect your rights to future compensation if you were injured or suffered other losses due to another driver’s negligence.
In addition to admitting fault in an accident and leaving the scene of an accident, as explained in Part 1 of this blog, other common mistakes people make after getting into motor vehicle accidents include:
- Not taking pictures of the damage from the accident: Although police reports may describe some of the damage done by the accident, it’s likely that they will not describe all of the damage, which could result in a “he said”/“she said” scenario in which it’s your word against another person’s regarding the extent of the damage that occurred. What can complicate matters is the fact that you may forget all of the damage incurred and, as a result, not receive compensation for the true extent of the damage done by the accident.
To prevent such complications from hurting your claims, be sure to take a number of pictures of all of the damage – both to your car and to yourself, your passengers, etc. – so that you have visual evidence of the damage done.
- Forgetting to get insurance info from other drivers: In the hectic scene that usually accompanies car accidents, you may forget to get insurance information from other drivers involved in the accident. While this information will likely be recorded in the police report, having it to give to your lawyer can help get your case started as quickly as possible.
- Talking to agents from other drivers’ insurance companies: Like police officers, insurance agents are trained to talk to people during an investigation in a manner that may be somewhat manipulative or aggressive. This can cause some people to unintentionally admit fault in the accident, to forget to mention important details or to say something that may hurt them later (either with their own insurance company or in a car accident lawsuit).
As a result, instead of talking to insurance agents after traffic accidents, be sure to refer any agents to your lawyer, who knows how to field their questions and protect your rights.
Greenwood Village Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.
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