Being involved in an
auto accident can shake you up. Being injured in an auto accident can turn your life
upside down. At these unexpected times, we understand that it may be difficult
to stay calm and aware of the situation, but we also know that avoiding
a few mistakes after an accident can be crucial to ensuring that injured
victims and families protect their rights and recover the compensation
At Mitchell Law Firm, San Jose Car Accident Lawyer Tab Mitchell has represented
numerous clients who've been harmed in auto accidents caused by others.
Although every accident and client is different, there are a few mistakes
everyone should be intent on avoiding.
Common mistakes to avoid after a traffic accident:
Not Reporting the Accident to Police – reporting your auto accident to the police is important and ensures
that a neutral third party collects information about the incident and
Forgetting to Exchange Information – if you're able to do so, always collect information from any
party involved in your accident, as well as witnesses. Make sure to collect
contact information and insurance information.
Not Getting Medical Treatment – it's important to seek treatment from a doctor to ensure that
you receive the care you need. In many situations, victims of car accidents
may not immediately realize they are hurt, so it's best to take the
time to get at least a checkup.
Forgetting to Keep Evidence – collecting evidence for use during a potential claim is important.
If you're able to after an accident, note or record anything that
may be of importance, such as driver behavior or roadway conditions. Taking
pictures or video can also be helpful.
Trusting the Insurance Company – insurance companies are in business to make money, not pay premiums.
Be warned that insurance companies want to protect their bottom line and
that it's best to have an advocate by your side when dealing with
any insurance representative.
Waiting Too Long to File a Claim – there are time limits in place – known as a statute of limitations
– that act as deadlines for anyone injured in car accidents to file
civil lawsuits. You can contact a lawyer early on after your accident
to handle everything on your behalf while you focus on recovering.
Settling Too Quickly – insurance companies will often attempt to settle with injured victims to
avoid lengthy proceedings and higher payouts. You should never accept
a settlement offer without first speaking to an experienced attorney.
Not Calling a Lawyer – not calling a lawyer after an accident is one of the biggest mistakes you
can make after an accident. An experienced accident attorney can help
you understand your legal rights, handle all work on your behalf, and
fight for the compensation you deserve.
Mitchell Law Firm is committed to helping injured victims and families
put their lives back together, and we know that our work begins as soon
call us for help. If you or someone you love has recently been injured in an auto accident
anywhere in San Jose or the surrounding communities, our legal team is
here to help.