Three Common Mistakes That Can Jeopardize Your Auto Accident Case
Being involved in a car accident can be a shocking and traumatic experience. You might be injured as a result of the accident. However, there are several mistakes you can potentially make that can lead to your auto accident case being adversely affected. Therefore, you will want to speak to with an auto accident attorney to make sure that you don't make any mistakes.
1. Leaving the Scene of the Accident
You will always want to remain at the scene of the accident until the police arrive. Otherwise, you might be accused of committing a hit-and-run. Also, you do not want to miss out on your opportunity to take photographs of the scene and your injuries, as well as recording contact information for anyone who may act as a witness on your behalf. The only exception is if you are in a dangerous area. If this is the case, you could drive to a different location and inform the police of where you are located.
2. Refusing Medical Treatment
After the accident, you may be hesitant to receive medical treatment. You may try to avoid hospitals in general and you might fear that you will not be able to afford your medical treatment. However, there are many options available to you. Your doctor might enter into an agreement with your attorney to not bill you until your case is over. Your attorney might pay for your medical bills and simply be compensated for the expenses after you win your case.
3. Talking About Your Case
Ideally, you should only talk to your auto accident attorney and anyone who your attorney advises you to speak with. You may be able to have your attorney handle all negotiations on your behalf. For example, telling friends or family members about your case can backfire because if they later make a statement on social media, that may be used against you. You should avoid discussing your case on social media and should consider not using social media until your case is over if possible. At a minimum, set your account to private.
Do not give an official statement to any insurance provider. The statement you make can be twisted and used against you. There is also simply no reason for you to give the statement unless you are being instructed by your auto accident attorney. Fortunately, once most insurance providers find out that an attorney is involved, they sometimes become more cooperative.