Being injured in an auto accident can be a frightening experience. In addition
to dealing with any physical injuries that result, victims and families
often encounter difficulties when dealing with insurance companies and
trying to recover their damages.
At Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C., we have worked with many victims and families
after they’ve been harmed in auto accidents. Our Phoenix car accident
lawyers know that the steps you take after an accident can have a significant
impact on the outcome of your case and your ability to recover financial
To ensure you have the information you need to protect yourself and your
rights after an auto accident, our team has put together 5 common mistakes
to avoid after a car accident.
Not Calling Police - Forgetting or choosing not to call the police after an accident can
have a negative impact on your personal injury claim, should you choose
to file one. By contacting police, you can obtain a report from an objective
third party that records details and statements about the incident. Remember,
don’t discuss or admit fault when providing your statement to police.
There may be other circumstances involved you don’t know about.
Not Exchanging Information - You should always exchange information with other drivers and witnesses
after an accident. You can collect the following information: contact
information of all drivers or witnesses, license plate numbers, driver’s
license information, insurance information, and descriptions of the involved vehicles.
Not Getting Timely Medical Treatment - After an accident, adrenalin may prevent you from understanding the full
extent of your injuries. In some cases, you may simply not feel pain until
some time passes. When you seek medical treatment as soon as possible,
you can ensure your health and well-being is protected and that you have
documented evidence of your injuries if you choose to file a
personal injury lawsuit.
Not Collecting Evidence - Gathering evidence at the scene of an accident, if you are able to so,
can help support your side of the story when you file a personal injury
claim. Do what you can to talk to any witnesses and get their information.
You can also use your phone to take photos or videos of the accident scene,
vehicle damage, roadway conditions, and visible injuries.
Trusting the Insurance Company - Insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. They are in
business to collect premiums, not to payout claims. The other driver’s
insurance company will likely contact you soon after an accident. Be wary
of low-ball settlement offers or attempts to avoid paying anything at
all. To protect yourself, you can speak with a lawyer first.
Taking the right steps after an
auto accident can be of great benefit to your personal injury claim. No matter what
happens after an accident, however, speaking with a lawyer about your
case can put you in the best position to recover full and fair compensation
for your losses. At Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C., our attorneys are available
to review your case free of charge.
For more information about car accidents, personal injury claims, and how
our firm may be able to help you,
contact us for a FREE consultation.