Being in a car accident can be traumatizing in many ways. Fortunately, if you’ve been injured, or suffered in any way, you’re eligible to receive compensation. That compensation can save you and your family.
However, to get that compensation you still have to get through the insurance or legal process. There are a few key points that insurance companies will look for before they issue a payout. There are a few common mistakes that drivers make after a car accident that can hurt their personal injury claim.
Leaving the Accident Scene
You will need to stop right away if you are involved in an accident. You are required by law to stop. Leaving the scene of a crash that caused injury or death may have you facing criminal charges. You will need to move your vehicle away from the accident scene. If you are not able to leave the accident scene, then you will need to turn on your hazard lights. You can also use lighting road flares while you wait for the police to arrive.
Not Calling the Police
A police report is an essential piece of information that you will need to file a claim. If you do not have a police report, then the insurance company may not be able to determine who is at fault for the accident.
Not Exchanging Insurance Information
You will need to exchange insurance information. Even if it was a minor accident, you would still need to exchange information with the other party involved in the crash. To properly file your claim, note the name and phone number of the other person involved. Chronicle the make and model of the vehicle, along with the license plate number.
Not Getting Information From Witnesses
Witnesses are imperative because they can give an unbiased account of what happened during the accident. If there were witnesses present, then you will ask them for their information. Get their phone numbers, addresses, and full names. You may need to contact them again.
Not Taking Photographs of the Accident
If you or anyone on the scene has a smartphone with a camera, remember to take pictures of the accident. Photographs can be used to submit a claim. A picture is also the ultimate evidence. It will record all damage, and often has telling signs of who caused the accident.
Not Getting Medical Attention
Not getting medical attention can weaken your case. You may not always feel an injury right away. In fact, many car accident injuries take a few days to manifest. You may end up needing to file a medical claim as well. The insurance company can challenge your claim if you don’t submit proof that you had a medical examination.
Car accidents can be downright terrifying for those involved. Whatever the situation may be, it’s vital to document anything you can. Trying to recall details about the accident at a later date is difficult and may damage your case. Take pictures, call the police, and write down any pertinent information immediately. That way, you’ll also have everything you need to file your claim successfully. The Louisiana car accident attorneys at E. Orum Young Law Offices can help guide you down the road to fair compensation. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. Our Trial Guarantee ensures that we will take your case to trial per your request.