Avoiding Mistakes After A Car Crash
Even a low-speed car accident can leave the most stoic person shaken up. It can be difficult to think clearly in the moments, days or even weeks after a car crash. Many people make mistakes during this crucial time, which can have a negative impact on any claims related to the accident.
The following are some of the common mistakes people make following a crash. Avoiding these mistakes while protecting your interests with the help of a skilled lawyer at Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC, can help ensure that your personal injury claim puts in the position to recover the full compensation to which you are entitled.
Mistake 1: Failing To Document The Damage
Cellphone technology means that nearly everyone has a camera in their pocket at all times. Use this to your advantage. Take photos of all of the vehicles involved in the accident as well as the surrounding scene. This helps preserve the evidence at the time of the accident. If you find yourself without a camera or if your phone was damaged in the accident, write down a description of what happened as soon as possible. If there are witnesses, be sure to get their names, addresses and phone numbers.
Mistake 2: Failing To Seek Medical Attention
Soft tissue injuries, head or brain trauma, and injuries to the neck or back may not be immediately apparent following an accident. Even if you are reasonably sure that you have suffered no physical harm, it is still important to seek medical attention. Your case is only strengthened by having as much documentation as possible.
Mistake 3: Accepting An Initial Insurance Settlement
Insurance providers make a big show of assuring you that they will be there in your time of need. The fact is, insurance companies exist to turn a profit. Their initial settlement offer may be well less than the full amount that you deserve. Never accept an insurance offer without first seeking advice from an experienced attorney who understands how to protect your interests and to advocate on your behalf.
Protect Yourself. Contact Us Today.
The most important thing you can do to help avoid making mistakes following a car accident is to schedule a free consultation with us as soon as possible. Call us at 724-266-0290 or contact us online. From our offices in Ambridge, we provide representation to people throughout the greater Pittsburgh area, including Beaver County.