Mistakes That Can Damage Your Car Accident Claim

Car Accident Lawyer Phoenix, AZ

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it is extremely important to know what NOT to do immediately afterwards. Read on to learn some of the biggest mistakes made after a car accident.

MISTAKE #1: LEAVING THE SCENE                                   

Legally, you are obligated to stop if you’ve been in an accident. Failure to stay at the scene could not only damage your accident claim, it could also lead to serious criminal charges if anyone was injured. Besides, you ‘ll need to exchange insurance information with the other parties involved, take photos of the scene, and speak with the police officer making the accident report.

MISTAKE #2:  NOT CALLING 911

This goes for both minor fender benders and 10 car pile ups. If there has been any sort of accident, you’ll want the police to come and make a report. Plus, the police officer wasn’t in the accident and isn’t experiencing the same intense emotions as you, so they are able to better document details you might forget, like the weather, road conditions, witnesses, etc. In this way, a police report can help strengthen a property damage or personal injury claim.

MISTAKE #3: ADMITTING FAULT

Even if it was obviously your fault, do not admit so and do not profusely apologize. Remain calm, help others in need, and wait for the authorities to arrive and make a report. Do be honest when giving a statement to the police but avoid phrases like “It was all my fault”. Such statements may damage any potential insurance claim.

MISTAKE #4: REFUSING OR NEGLECTING MEDICAL TREATMENT

Get examined by a medical professional right away, whether that is a paramedic on the scene, your primary care doctor, or a trip to the hospital in an ambulance. The most important thing is your health and well-being. Also, keep in mind that if you intend on pursuing a personal injury claim, you’ll need medical records proving you sought treatment.

MISTAKE #5: NOT COLLECTING EVIDENCE

Make sure to get, at a minimum, the following information from the other driver(s) involved: name, phone number, license plate, and insurance card information,

Also, get photos/videos of the cars involved, the weather conditions, the road conditions, even a bank sign that might indicate date and time. Ask if witnesses would be willing to provide their contact information and give statements to the police.

MISTAKE #6: NOT HIRING AN ATTORNEY

Insurance companies have teams of experienced adjusters, investigators, and lawyers trying to settle your case as quickly and for as little money as possible. If you hire legal representation, you are more likely to execute a more successful claim and receive a higher settlement than if you attempt to handle the case on your own.

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, even if you made a few mistakes, give Kamper Estrada, LLP a call. Our experienced car accident lawyer in Phoenix, AZ can help you and your claim get back on track.