After a car accident, you may still be in shock as to what happened. This is especially true when you or a loved one have been seriously injured or even killed by the negligence of another driver. Your car may be damaged or totaled. You may have to take time off of work even though hospital bills are piling up, and you are not sure what to do.
While focusing on physically recovering is always the priority after an accident, there are certain things to avoid that could have an impact on your ability to claim financial compensation. This is especially true when dealing with insurance companies, who are more interested in saving money than actually paying out a claim. To help, the attorneys at accidentdenver.com have some helpful tips on how to protect yourself following an automobile accident in Denver and the surrounding areas.
Things to Avoid Following An Accident
After an accident, a lot is happening. People may not be thinking straight and may make decisions they think will be helpful but may only hurt their case. Avoid the following mistakes and your chances of financial compensation will be better protected.
1. Avoid Posting on Social Media
Social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, or others can come back to haunt you later. Insurance adjusters and defense attorneys will look at your posts, without you knowing and without your permission, to look for evidence that benefits their case. Simply avoid posting anything about your accident online to keep yourself safe.
2. Changing Your Story (or Embellishing)
Always try to tell the same story, unless you honestly remember a new detail later. Never embellish, even if it seems minor. Your case is already as strong as it needs to be. If you embellish and that detail later comes out as not true, the judge or jury will not believe all of the other completely true things you have said. This could easily sink your case.
3. Failing to Seek Treatment for Injuries
After an accident, some people think they are fine even if they have some minor injuries. This is especially true of issues like whiplash and concussion, as symptoms may not seem severe but treatment is necessary to avoid long-term complications. Also, if you fail to get your issues treated, a defense attorney will argue that you were not even injured.
4. Failing to Make a Police Report
Always file a police report after an accident caused by the negligence of another person. A police report not only helps to prove that the accident actually occurred but also provides evidence of the details of the accident as observed by the police officer. The officer may even be called in to testify on your behalf, so their presence can be incredibly helpful to your case.
Consult an Experienced Denver Auto Accident Attorney
Avoiding these common mistakes can help ensure you are properly compensation following a car accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any sort of motor vehicle accident in the greater Denver metropolitan area, please do not hesitate to contact us today at 303-642-8888 for a free consultation. We are here waiting for you.