A car accident can catch you by surprise and change your life within seconds. Due to catastrophic injuries, you may be unable to go back to work or complete the normal daily tasks you used to.
Injurious car accidents are common, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that every year in the U.S., 2 million people sustain injuries in motor vehicle collisions. If you are one of the many injured in a car accident, do not make these mistakes in the aftermath of the crash.
1. Not taking photographs
If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident, your injuries and the state of your vehicle. After a car accident, any pictures you have can serve as evidence while you negotiate a settlement.
2. Failing to gather witness information
In many car accidents, it can be difficult to decipher who is at fault for the crash. If you are able to, get the names and contact information from anyone who witnessed the crash at the scene of the accident.
3. Accepting the first settlement offer
The opposing insurance company may try to force you into accepting a settlement shortly after the accident occurs. Refrain from accepting the first offer the insurance company makes and make sure the offer you accept reflects the extent of the damages.
There are also limits to how long you can wait before filing a lawsuit after a car accident occurs. Do not wait to move your case forward to ensure you protect your rights to fair and proper compensation.