The one thing that can be almost as stressful as an auto accident is completing the accident claim for your insurance provider. Even making a tiny mistake can cause major complications, up to prevent you from acquiring your due compensation. What you should keep in mind is that it’s your job to prove the other party caused the accident, allowing you to claim the maximum compensation possible.
It can be easy to get caught up in the aftermath of an accident and do or say the wrong thing. We’ll look at some common mistakes victims make that you should avoid at all costs.
Not Contacting Law Enforcement
If you’ve been in any type of auto accident, whether a major wreck or a small collision, it’s always smart to reach out to law enforcement. Some people prefer to avoid the police as they have worries about it bringing them trouble. This is not the case. The police will come to investigate the scene of the accident and make a report. That can then be used as evidence in your personal injury case, with the help of your team of Racine car accident lawyers.
Admitting to the Accident Being Your Fault
Most people don’t choose to say they were at fault in an accident. However, sometimes comments made following the crash can be misconstrued by others who are present. Even apologizing to the other driver or saying you didn’t see their vehicle coming can be used later to show you were at fault. Do your best to avoid these sorts of statements. Instead, focus on gathering information and checking yourself for any injuries.
Waiting to Seek Medical Attention
Even if you think your injuries are minor, it’s still a good idea to visit a hospital or clinic following an auto accident. The medical professionals can determine how badly you are injured and there will be a record available that can be used in your personal injury case to prove what occurred and what the result of the accident was.
Avoiding Documenting the Scene
Taking photos or videos of the scene can help your Racine car accident lawyers prove how seriously your vehicle was damaged. It can also show any physical injuries that were sustained in the crash. Do what you can to document the scene yourself using video, photos, or both from different angles.
The Law Offices of John V. O’Connor can help you get the compensation you deserve following an auto accident. O’Connor has decades of experience working with Wisconsin personal injury laws and is ranked in the top 100 Wisconsin trial attorneys by the National Trial Lawyers Association. To learn more about how to get the help you need, simply give us a call at 262-671-1685.
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