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Unfortunately, there is a high probability of being involved in a car accident during your lifetime. Accidents can be very complicated, and they can have a detrimental impact on your life physically, emotionally, and financially especially if you or a loved one suffered severe injuries. Although not all accidents can be prevented, you can be more cognitive when you are behind the wheel by being more aware of your surroundings and keep away from distractions like cell phones, or turning the music. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident, our accident attorneys in West Palm Beach, Florida has provided tips on what you should NOT do. You do not want to lose your rights as a victim of a car accident.
Our personal injury and accident lawyers in West Palm Beach have helped recover millions of dollars for families who have experienced hardship, pain and suffering and the loss of a family. Although money can never bring back your loved one or repair the damages, financial compensation can make things easier. Our accident attorneys understand what you are going through as a victim of a car accident, which is why we want to help bring justice to you and your family. Our lawyers at Advocates USA fight for the injured when negligent actions of another cause accidents. We have successfully helped thousands of families suffering.
Nobody wants to think they will be a victim of a car accident, but given the statistics, it is always better to know what not to do after crashing. In this article, our lawyers provide you with the best advice about mistakes you should not make after a car accident, so you do not lose your right to monetary compensation if you suffer injuries.
TIP # 1: Avoid getting angry, nervous, or losing your temper after a car accident.
This is a normal reaction after crashing, especially if it wasn't y our fault. But staying calm and breathing will allow you to think more clearly. Think for a moment that the person who hit you had no plans to crash today. Regardless of who was the at-fault driver, neither of you want to be in this situation. After an accident, if you have not suffered severe injuries and can remove yourself from the vehicle and it is safe, show curiosity to the other driver and help with their injuries until emergency help arrives.
TIP #2: After an accident, never flee the scene
Never leave the scene of an accident if you were involved because it is a crime. Regardless of who was to blame, you need to call emergency services, ensure the other driver is doing well, call the police, and exchange information with the other driver.
A hit and run is a crime, and you could be arrested, even if it was the fault of the other driver. Stay at the scene and call our car accident lawyers in West Palm Beach.
TIP #3: Never accept the blame and don't blame the accident on others
After an accident, never admit the fault of the accident. Even if you think you have been the cause of the accident, never accept responsibility. Accidents happen for an infinite number of reasons, and also, if you think it was your fault, the evidence can prove otherwise. So never take the blame or blame the other driver. Just give your version of the facts when you talk to the police and your insurance company. Once you get a police report, speak with an accident lawyer as soon as possible.
TIP # 4: NOT calling the police OR emergency services as soon as possible
After an accident, you should always call the police or the authorities as quickly as possible. Often if there are no apparent injuries, the two parties involved in the crash do not call the local authorities. This is a mistake; even though injuries may be minor and the cars do not show significant damage, you may be suffering an injury. The most common injuries in car accidents are whiplash, and this type of accident sometimes takes up to 48 hours to show pain symptoms. It is helpful for lawyers to be able to establish the relationship between the accident and the injuries sustained in the car accident. Seeking a medical provider will help us with that.
Once the police arrive, they will ask for your version of the events and the version of the other driver. For their part, they will examine the visible facts based on the position of existing vehicles, marks on the road, signs, traffic lights, or road conditions to determine whose fault it was or who committed an infraction. Like a medical report of injuries, a police report is a crucial piece for a lawyer to be able to file a successful injury claim. Before the agents leave, ask them where you can get a copy of the police report and your report number.
TIP #5: Not obtaining the other driver's information before leaving the accident
Exchange information with the other driver while you are waiting for the police to arrive such as phone number and personal information. Take a picture of the other car's license plate, driver's license, and, if possible, any damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle involved.
If the driver of the other vehicle is not the owner, request information of the owner of the car and their relationship. You can also ask to look at the vehicle registration to get that information.
TIP # 6: Not taking detailed notes
You must write or record what you said to the police on the events of the accident, so you don't forget. It is easy to forget, especially in a situation where your adrenaline is going. Your detailed notes may mean a successful lawsuit in your favor. Records include videotape, photos, written notes were taken, and information on witnesses and their version of the facts so your accident lawyer can contact them in the future.
TIP # 7: Do not call your insurance company
Our accident lawyers recommend not to speak with the other driver's insurance company, but you should report the accident with your insurance company as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in having to pay for damages out of pocket, more difficult to obtain compensation, and more work for your lawyer. If your insurance company is not aware that you suffered an accident, it will be difficult to file a claim. It is essential to put your insurance on our side and know what they will cover.
TIP #8: Don't hire any lawyer without investigating their previous results and experience
Many people make this mistake after experiencing a car accident. To win an accident injury claim, you need to work with an experienced and successful lawyer that is strong in and out of court. When searching for an excellent personal injury lawyer in West Palm Beach, read Google reviews from previous clients.
You need to find an experienced lawyer who knows the laws and can help you deal with or negotiate with insurance companies to get fair compensation. In general, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve, and hiring an accident and injury lawyer is essential to receive fair compensation.
A good accident lawyer will know if you should reach an agreement outside the court or if you should take your case to court to get justice and receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries sustained in the accident. Our personal injury attorneys at Advocates USA Florida has a large team of professionals willing to fight your case even if that means going to court. We will take legal action against the driver who committed negligent acts causing the accident. Find the Best Car Accident Attorney
TIP #8: Not being consistent with what you should do to receive compensation
We are talking about medical treatments or chiropractic treatments. After an accident, a lawyer will recommend that you examine your injuries so that a doctor or a chiropractor can give you a report showing your injuries. But that doesn't end there. If you want to file a claim for damages, you must be injured first, and you must go to your treatments. If you do not go to your appointments and the opposition finds out, they will use this information to show that your injuries are not severe and you do not need treatments. In this case, your compensation becomes minute.
TIP #9: Never sign documents before talking to your lawyer
Never sign anything or provide a statement to the other driver's insurance. The only document you can sign is to hire your lawyer or if the police ask for a signature on the police report. But never sign anything without first checking with your accident lawyer. Also, do not provide any information to any person not authorized by your lawyer.
Concluding the article, it is essential to know what NOT to do after a car accident, and to know the steps you should take after a car accident. Let's review the nine most common mistakes people make after an accident:
- Get angry, nervous and lose your temper after a car accident
- Flee the scene after being involved in a car accident
- Accept the blame and blame the accident on others
- Do not call the police or emergencies services as soon as possible
- Leave the accident without obtaining information from the other driver involved in the accident.
- Do not take detailed notes of the facts
- Do not call your insurance company
- Hire any lawyer without investigating their previous results or experience
- Never sign documents before talking to your lawyer
Although it may be difficult to remember our tips of the mistakes you should not make, you can always contact our experienced car accident lawyers in West Palm Beach, Florida. We can help answer any questions about the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact our auto accident attorneys at Advocates USA at 1-800-872-4878 or fill out our contact form for a free evaluation. You do not pay unless we win your case or have settled on financial compensation. We are the attorneys for the injured.
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