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People get into traffic accidents everyday, and when there are severe injures, there will be police and paramedics at the scene; however, when there are only minor injures, the police may not show up, and it is in these situations where people will make mistakes that make a personal injury attorney's job difficult. The following are just a few of them.
Not seeking medical attention
It is common for people who have an injury to not seek medical attention. They think that they have only a sprained back or other light injury that will be fine in a couple of days. Of course, a few weeks go by, and it doesn't go away. A doctor's visit confirms that your back problem is worse than you thought. At this point, an insurance company may cry foul, saying that your injury happened later and had nothing to do with the accident. If you would have seen a doctor right after the accident, even if the doctor overlooked the problem, a lawyer can still argue in your favor because you sought out medical attention.
Not gathering enough evidence
Although it may not seem important at the time, you need to document the accident as well as you can. One reason people make this mistake is that the damage to both cars isn't that great, at least in the sense that both cars could drive away. But the problem is that later, when insurance companies get involved, you are being blamed for the accident when you thought it was clearly the other drivers fault. Also, the damage to the other driver's car may be greatly exaggerated. Gathering evidence means more than exchanging driver's license and insurance information. You need to take pictures of the other car as well as yours. Document the place of the accident and get witness information. The police may not come to the scene of a non-injury accident, so you need to create the documentation.
Going on record with an insurance company
Going it alone and attempting to get compensation without legal representation is a very bad idea, but what makes it worse is when you go on record with an insurance company. Whether you give them a statement that a claims adjuster writes down or a recorded statement, an insurance company will use your words against you. They have the experience to know the right questions to ask that will elicit answers that will be used against you. You are already over matched against the insurance company, so you should never give them a written or voice recorded statement.
The three mistakes listed above are among the biggest ones people make after a traffic accident with minor injuries. Not only should you avoid these mistakes, but you should also seek out the advice of a personal injury attorney.Share