car accidents happen every single day, many people are never prepared once they experience
on for themselves. They commit mistakes that significantly harm their
efforts toward recovering a maximum settlement for their injuries and
The following are the most common mistakes people make after a car accident:
Saying “sorry” to the other driver - Sometimes it is a natural instinct to apologize after accidentally bumping
into someone or stepping on their toes when walking the street. However,
if you say “I’m sorry” after a car accident, it could
be construed as an admission of guilt, which can be used against you if
you attempt to collect damages. Even if you think you were to blame, the
other driver may be partially at fault.
Failing to call the police - When law enforcement is present at the scene, they can create an objective
police report and gather evidence to potentially support your claim. If
the other driver attempts to make false claims, a police report can be
used to demonstrate how the accident truly occurred. Failing to obtain
a police report could hurt your case.
Not collecting evidence - Pictures of the accident scene are some of the best forms of evidence
to have when building a case and showing who is actually at fault. In
addition, it is important to collect names and contact information of
witnesses who can support your side of the story. Without any evidence,
it can be difficult to prove your claim. If you are unable to gather evidence
due to your injuries, ask a friend, relative, or your lawyer to do it for you.
Not getting medical treatment - Even if you suffer minor injuries or feel fine after a car crash, you
still need to see a doctor. The adrenaline coursing through your body
often masks the pain from injuries, you may not notice you are actually
injured until hours or even days later. Not only does getting medical
attention the best thing to do for your health, but your doctor can also
provide important evidence for your case in the form of medical records.
Taking the first offer from the insurance company - Compensation in most car accidents often come from the at-fault driver’s
insurance company. Although the insurance company may send you an offer
or even a check, you need to understand that the first settlement offer
is typically less than what you deserve. Never trust another party’s
insurance company to act on behalf of your best interests.
Not hiring a lawyer - In order to avoid all of the mistakes mentioned above, a
personal injury attorney can protect your rights and best interests. While you recover
from your injuries, your lawyer will communicate with the insurance company
on your behalf and help you obtain the most favorable results possible.
If you have been recently involved in a car accident in New York, our New
York City personal injury lawyers at
Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP can guide you through the complexities of the legal system and ensure
you do not do anything to jeopardize your case. With more than $500 million
recovered for our clients, we understand what it takes to obtain the compensation
and justice you deserve.
For more information about our experienced legal services,
contact us and schedule a free consultation today.