What to Avoid After a Crash
In many instances, those who have been in a motor vehicle accident are only focused on what they should do to protect their best interests. They are bogged down with being told to call their insurance company, make a statement, or any number of proceeding steps. However, they may not consider what should be avoided.
If you’ve been in a crash, here are three things you should avoid doing to ensure that you have the best possible chance at recovery in your personal injury claim.
1. Admitting Fault
Even if you weren’t at fault for the accident, it’s important to avoid statements that may be misconstrued as admitting fault. Although seemingly innocuous, a comment like “I’m sorry” may be twisted by the other party’s insurer or attorney and used against you in court. Instead, politely decline to answer any questions or make statements until you are able to speak with your attorney.
2. Avoiding Medical Treatment
Timely medical attention is essential in any injury claim. A delay can create an impression that your injuries are not serious or unable to be linked back to the accident. If you experience signs of injury within 72 hours of a crash, it’s important to seek medical treatment.
3. Not Reporting the Crash
In Louisiana, any crash involving an injury, death, or property damage exceeding $500 must be reported to the police. However, it may be beneficial to call 911 or otherwise file a crash report even if the above isn’t true. Even if it doesn’t appear you were at fault, the other driver may make a claim against you down the road. By filing a police report, you have an official record of the accident that can help your case and protect you from anything unfavorable that may arise.
When to Talk to an Attorney
Knowing what steps you should and shouldn’t take are crucial in the personal injury claims process, but so is hiring the legal help of an experienced car accident attorney. They can walk you through the process and ensure you are prepared for whatever may come your way. Request a free consultation with The Chopin Law Firm LLC today by calling (504) 475-2429.