The success of your accident case often hinges on what you do or say after the incident and during the legal process. Here’s a few things to avoid to preserve the integrity of your case and increase your chances of a successful outcome.
Don’t Post Your Incident on Social Media
Discussing your accident on social media may seem like a good idea to update friends and family or vent your feelings, but unfortunately, the other side’s attorneys are likely watching your accounts for signs of ammunition they may be able to use against you.
Avoid talking about the accident in any capacity. You may also want to avoid posting about getting out or being active — it’s easy for the other side to twist this information to make it look like you aren’t really injured or the accident didn’t happen the way you reported.
Don’t Make a Traffic Ticket Payment After a Motor Vehicle Accident
After a car accident, a police officer may have issued you a ticket. If this is the case, it’s important that you don’t make any payments until you speak with your lawyer. Paying the fine could be considered an admission of guilt, leaving the fault of the accident on your shoulders.
Take Lots of Notes
It’s common for accident victims to forget what happened, especially if they suffered a brain injury during the incident. Keep a record of important details about the accident in a journal, such as what happened before and after the incident, as well as your healing progress each day after. These details may prove to be critical to the success of your lawsuit.
Wait Until You’re Healed to Accept a Settlement
You’ll likely receive an initial settlement offer from the other side’s insurance company early on in your case, especially if they are clearly at fault. This offer is likely to be much less than what you’ll need to cover your expenses throughout your case. Wait until you’ve completely healed or reached maximum medical improvement before you accept a settlement, so you can be sure your case is being properly valued.
Call a Seasoned Accident Lawyer
Don’t make the mistake of neglecting to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by carelessness, take action now to get the compensation and justice you deserve. We can help you navigate tumultuous post-accident waters — call now at (800) 393-8595.