Commuting to and from work, picking up your children from school and running
errands are all activities most Americans do using their cars. Driving
is such a commonplace activity we often forget how often car accidents
occur. In fact, during 2015 in Florida alone there were over 374,342 car
accidents, an increase of almost 30,000 since the year prior. You are
statistically likely to get into a car accident within your lifetime,
which is why our legal team has created this blog. Keep reading for the
four most common mistakes people make after a car accident so you can
avoid making them yourself.
1. Forget to document the accident
Collecting evidence is crucial to proving your case, but unfortunately,
many people are so overwhelmed by the initial shock of their accident
they forget to take photos of write down what they remember. If you were
in a car accident, make sure to take photos of the incident and write
down what you can recall before the crash and what happened right after.
If there are witnesses, make sure you gather their information as well.
2. Forget to seek medical attention
If they are able to get up and out of their car, many people forego heading
to the doctor because they believe they are ok. This is a mistake. Often
the adrenaline running through your body after the impact of the crash
prevents you from feeling the full extent of your injuries. Many people
decline medical treatment only to discover that days later they were seriously
injured. The longer you wait to seek medical attention after your accident
the easier it is for the insurance company to argue your injuries were
caused by something else.
3. Admit fault
When you get into an accident, you never know how the other party will
react. Some people might be angry, they might scream and yell, but no
matter who you believe is at fault or not, it is important you do not
admit fault to the accident. You might want to say you’re sorry,
but do your best to refrain from saying anything that could be construed
as you admitting fault.
4. Contact a Tampa Bay car accident attorney
Many people believe they don’t need an attorney in Florida due to
the no-fault insurance laws. This could not be far from the truth. A skilled
personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you need for your injuries. Often, insurance
companies try to pressure people into agreeing to settlements that are
less than what they should be compensated. This is because insurance companies
are often more preoccupied with saving money than protecting their insureds.
If you involved in a
car accident and you were permanently injured, contact Paulsen Law Group for guidance
regarding your options.
Call to schedule your appointment today.