Accidents happen all the time. While you might try to do everything you can to avoid being in one, there are no guarantees that you won't ever be the victim of one down the line. If you do find yourself injured in an auto accident, you are probably wondering what to do and how you should be proceeding. After all, it can get confusing trying to deal with the insurance company. This is why it is so important to have legal counsel working on your side. You don't want to end up making a costly mistake that could lessen the amount of money you are going to receive from your injury claim.
Not contacting the police.
The first thing you should do anytime you are involved in an accident is to call the local police department and have them file a report. This starts the process and puts an investigation in place. The insurance company will need the results of the report to prove that you were not the one at fault in the accident. Without a police report on file, it can be quite difficult to try and prove that you were not the one to blame. Officer's often issue citations to the one who was at fault, so this would be documented on the report as well.
Not getting contact information from any possible witnesses.
If there are others who happened to see the accident take place, you want to get as much information from them as you can. Names, addresses, phone numbers, statements, you name it. The more information you can gather, the better it is going to be to prove your case. It also allows the judge to call upon these witnesses to corroborate what you are saying is true. If you don't have any witnesses who can substantiate what you say happened is true, you could end up losing out on your claim.
Not waiting for your lawyer before giving a statement.
If the insurance company approaches you and asks you to give them a statement of what happened, don't do it unless your attorney is there with you. The last thing you want is for something to get twisted around and used against you. Having your attorney there will prevent that from happening.
If you ever have any questions or doubts about what you should be doing, take the time to discuss your concerns with your attorney. They can help you get to the bottom of it all.Share