The aftermath of a car accident injury can often be scary, confusing, and chaotic. Typically, injured parties seek medical attention and file a claim with their insurance provider. Far too often, these injured individuals don’t realize that one of the first steps they should take after medical care is to immediately seek legal counsel.
In the days,
weeks and months following a motor vehicle accident, there are certain things
that you should avoid doing. For example, here are some common mistakes people
make after a car accident:
Ignoring injuries: It’s crucial that you seek medical care as soon as possible, keep all medical documents, and follow your doctor’s instructions.
Waiting to contact an attorney: Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. It is important to preserve key evidence like accident reports, photographs and video, and company documents if the accident involved a fleet vehicle.
Giving a recorded statement: Avoid talking to insurance representatives or the property owner without your attorney present. While insurance adjusters may seem helpful, their job is to deny or minimize your claim – ours is to help you.
Making assumptions: The insurance company might make a low-ball offer to settle the case quickly. Don’t assume they are out to give you a fair settlement or have your best interest in mind.
Being careless with information: Keep everything involved with your case. Take photos, write down witness names and contact information, and keep all medical documentation.
Posting on social media: Don’t make posts about your injuries online. It is easy for innocent statements to be taken out of context weeks or months down the road.
With the right legal team by your side, you can receive the support and advice you need when you have been in a car accident.
South Carolina Auto Accident Attorneys
The team at Cavanaugh and Thickens is here to answer your legal questions and keep your best interests in mind. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights, secure critical evidence, and help you decide how to proceed with your case. Get the peace of mind and transparent guidance that you deserve. To learn more about your rights after a Columbia SC auto accident, contact a member of the Cavanaugh and Thickens team today.