Georgia law requires personal injury victims to follow specific procedures, rules and guidelines after an accident. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may not be aware of all the rules. An experienced accident attorney can help you take all the proper steps after a collision and can help you avoid costly mistakes. These common mistakes after an accident can be fixed!
There are a lot of things you can do wrong after an accident. Some mistakes aren’t that big of a deal, such as not knowing what to say or do when the other person yells at you. On the other hand, there are some critical mistakes that can cost you a lot of money, or even worse.
Not calling the police or filing a police report from the scene. Depending on where you live, this may be required by law. But even if it’s not, it’s a good idea to have a police report on file so that you have physical proof that an accident occurred and was documented by law enforcement authorities. The police report will include details about how the accident happened and who was involved. It may also include witness statements and contact information for those witnesses in case you need to reach out to them for support later on.
When injuries are obvious, it’s easy to see that immediate medical attention is necessary. But sometimes, injuries don’t show up for days or weeks after an accident. These injuries include whiplash, head injuries and internal organ damage. If you don’t seek treatment right away, insurance companies may try to argue that your injuries were not caused by the accident or were not as serious as they really are.
If your doctor has recommended that you follow up with physical therapy or other treatments, do so. Missing appointments can hurt your case and make it harder for you to recover physically and financially.
Many attorneys offer free consultations. It’s important to meet with an attorney before talking to any insurance company representatives — even those representing your own insurance company. And especially don’t sign anything without first speaking to an accident attorney about the documents!
It can be tempting to simply accept an insurance company’s offer and put this ordeal behind you — but don’t do it. Insurance companies have trained negotiators whose job it is to settle claims for as little as possible. By settling early, you run the risk of receiving compensation that doesn’t fully cover the extent of your injuries or damages.
The most common mistakes people make after an accident are failing to report it, not seeking prompt medical attention, waiting too long to get legal advice, and settling for less than they deserve. You already have enough to worry about, you don’t need unnecessary stress from an accident or potential lawsuit. Call the accident attorneys of Cohen & Sinowski today.