Car accidents take us by surprise. They are shocking events that may leave us shaken up and unsure of what to do. This is why it is so easy to make various mistakes after a car accident.
If you or a loved one has experienced an injury after a car accident, it is vital to consult with a Baton Rouge auto accident lawyer. The attorneys at at Simien & Simien can explain your legal rights and walk you through the steps you need to take so that you can obtain compensation for your claim.
Failing to Seek Medical Attention
Even if there are no visible injuries, it is important to seek medical attention after a car accident. Some medical problems are not noticeable until hours or days after the collision. It is important to see a doctor after an accident who can ask about your pain and diagnose all your health problems.
It is also crucial to have medical documentation because it is one of the most important forms of evidence that links your injuries to the accident. Without medical records describing your treatment and recovery, your case is much weaker.
Not Documenting the Scene
It is also important to document the scene of the accident and collect all the evidence you can. You can take the following steps to properly document the scene:
- Take pictures of your injuries, the scene of the accident and all property damage, such as skid marks, debris on the roadway and damage to guardrails.
- Ask for a copy of the police report.
- Exchange contact details with all involved parties, including witnesses.
Stretching the Truth
It is vital to protect your claim by always being honest. Any exaggeration of injuries, property damage or the details of the collision can irreparably harm your claim. You should thoroughly explain the damage of your vehicle to your attorney.
Credibility is vital whether your claim is evaluated by an insurance adjuster, judge or jury. If you are perceived as dishonest or prone to exaggeration, these individuals may be less likely to believe other things you say, and this will greatly affect your chances of obtaining compensation.
Failing to Contact a Lawyer
A qualified lawyer can assist with the following aspects of your case:
- Communication with the insurance company
- Litigation in the courtroom
- Negotiating a favorable settlement
- Reviewing relevant damages
While the insurance company may contact the victim before he or she hires a lawyer, a lawyer can help give advice about what you should and should not say to the insurance adjuster. Saying certain things can do irreparable harm to your claim.
Your attorney can also calculate the value of your damages and pursue fair compensation through a negotiated settlement. Your lawyer can also work to increase the strength of your claim by gather important evidence and witness statements. If the case goes to court, your attorney can handle every aspect of the case on your behalf.
Contact a Reputable Attorney Right Now
When you or a loved one are injured in a car accident, it is vital to contact Simien & Simien. We can try to help prevent you from making a mistake with your claim. We can explain what medical documentation you need and how to document the scene. We will communicate with the insurance company and detail the damages that are part of your case.
Contact us today by filling out a Free Case Evaluation form for your free, no-obligation consultation.