Being involved in an
auto accident can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. Aside from dealing with
the initial shock and any injuries that may result immediately after an
accident, victims and parties involved may encounter days, weeks, or months
of difficulties trying to deal with the aftermath. Whatever the case may
be and regardless of the type of accident, there are always certain things
you should remember to do and avoid in order to protect yourself and your
right to compensation.
recovered over $500 million in compensation for clients since 1997, our Las Vegas car accident lawyers have a great deal of experience helping
auto accident victims through difficult times.
The list below has been compiled to help you avoid some of the most common
mistakes people make after auto accidents and the problems they can create.
Not Calling the Police – Far too many people forget or choose not to call the police, which
can negatively impact their personal injury case if they choose to file
one. Police reports are objective records of an incident made by a third,
and they can be used to ensure that other drivers or witnesses don't
provide false information. Keep in mind never to admit fault when discussing
the accident with police, as there may be factors at play you do not know about.
Forgetting to Exchange Information – It is crucially important to exchange all information with other
drivers and witnesses. No matter how minor an accident may appear at first,
you want to make sure that you collect all contact and insurance information,
as injuries may develop later. Make sure to collect the following information:
contact information of other drivers and witnesses, driver's license
and license plate numbers, insurance company name, insurance policy numbers,
make and model of involved vehicles.
Not Getting Medical Attention – In many cases, the initial shock of an accident can make it difficult
for victims to fully understand the extent of their injuries. Other times,
injuries may not develop until some time passes. This is why it is important
to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident of when
you feel pain. Not only can this protect your physically, it can serve
as proof of your injuries should you file a personal claim later on.
Not Gathering Evidence – Never rely on others to secure evidence after an auto accident. If you
are able to do so, try to find any witnesses and collect their information.
Taking pictures or videos of the scene, damage, and any visible injuries
is also a good idea.
Trusting Insurance Companies – Soon after an accident, you will likely be in contact with the
other driver's insurance company. Be warned, however, that insurance
companies are in business to collect premiums not pay victims. Be careful
of insurance companies offering to settlement claims quickly or avoid
paying you at all. Also understand that you don't have to give a recorded
statement and that you can request the help of a lawyer at any time.
Avoiding these five mistakes can greatly help your case should a
personal injury claim prove to be in your best interests. Of course, the best thing you can
do to protect your rights is to seek help from an experienced auto accident
attorney at soon as possible. At Shook & Stone, our legal team is
available to immediately review your case and see how we can help.
For a FREE consultation, call 702-996-6066 or fill out an
online case evaluation form.