Schools don’t teach students what to do if they are hurt in car accidents once they are adults. After all, it’s not a common occurrence for most people. When you do find yourself in the situation though, you probably wish that someone had told you the “do’s and don’ts” following a crash.
If you want to negatively impact your Phoenix car accident case, there are several surefire ways to do it. But, let’s face it – that is the last thing that you want to do at this point. To help you obtain the maximum recovery in your case, we have complied a list of the common mistakes associated with auto accidents and how to avoid them:
1. Not calling the police. Even if you think that the damage to the vehicles is minor or that there aren’t any serious injuries sustained, you should still call the police. The insurance company might try to dispute the facts of your case and if you don’t have proof, you are going to have a difficult time building an argument.
2. Admitting fault. It’s hard to know what exactly caused the accident. There could have been a defect in one of the vehicles, the other driver might have acted negligently or there could have been some type of dangerous road condition. Don’t be quick to accept blame for the accident.
3. Waiting too long to get medical care. If you believe your injuries are minor, it is easy to put off going to the doctor and seeking medical treatment. You may think the pain will go away on its own, but if it doesn’t and you wait to go to the doctor, you are giving the insurance company ammunition against you. The insurance company may argue that your injuries couldn’t have been that bad, otherwise you would have gone to the doctor sooner.
4. Not following through with recommended medical treatment. Once the doctor has diagnosed your injury, you need to follow through with your treatments and physician visits. If you don’t, it could be interpreted by the insurance adjuster or jury (if you go to trial) that you were not hurt badly or your injuries have already healed.
5. Giving a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster. The insurance adjuster may try to pressure you to give a recorded statement right after the crash. This is not recommended. There is often a lot of confusion following an accident and you might not know the full extent of your injuries. Once you give a statement, it is near impossible to retract it.
For more information on what you should and shouldn’t do after a car accident in Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Goodyear or any other city within Maricopa County, order a copy of Phoenix car accident attorney Kevin Jensen’s book, 9 Huge Mistakes That Can CRUSH your Arizona Accident Case.
You can also call the Law Offices of Nathan Hogle at 480-999-0646 or fill out the online contact form to get answers to your legal questions.