Four Commonly Overlooked Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Auto Accident Case
As drivers, most of us have been told what to do in the event we are in an auto accident in Georgia: make sure everyone is okay, check out the damage, call the police, call your insurance company, exchange contact information with the other driver.
But what shouldn't you do? Which actions end up being critical mistakes in auto accident compensation cases? Here are four mistakes that motorists should avoid after an accident:
- Do not sign anything or give a recorded statement. Have you heard the phrase "anything you say or do can and will be held against you in a court of law?" The same goes for auto accidents. Do not admit to anything, especially if it is not your fault, and do not speak to the other driver's insurance company before consulting with your attorney. Insurance companies will say and do anything to not have to pay the full amount you are owed and they have ways to trick you into saying certain things or signing paperwork.
- Do not leave the scene of the accident. If your injury does not require immediate medical attention, try to stay at the scene of the accident until you're able to speak with police. The will be filing an accident report and it's in your best interest to be there to give your side of what happened.
- Don't forget to take pictures and notes. If you are physically able to at the time, try to write down as much as you can remember about the accident and take pictures of anything and everything—the vehicles, road conditions, skid marks, etc. Evidence and memories disappear so quickly that it is vital for you to record these things as soon as possible.
- Do not discuss the accident on social networks. We are now living in an era of "oversharing" and you would be amazed to know how many people ruin their auto accident cases by saying too much on websites like Facebook and Twitter. When it comes to legal matters, keep your virtual mouth shut.
Even if an accident is not your fault, it is essential that you do not make these mistakes. One unfortunate misunderstanding can ruin your chance at receiving fair compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured.
If you have been injured in an auto accident, contact the Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates at 1.800.899.5696 for a free consultation.