When you are involved in a car accident, you are probably very upset and under a lot of stress. You are also likely dealing with a painful and serious injury. You may not know what to do or how to proceed and this can be difficult. If you were hurt in an accident the negligent driver is responsible for your damages. There are some common pitfalls that you should avoid in order to minimize problems and maximize the results.
Not Calling the Police
You were could have been traumatized immediately following the crash, and did not call the police as a result. Sometimes, the other driver asks you not to contact the police and promises to pay for your damages. The problem is that the damages can be much more expensive than the other driver is prepared for or able to pay.
A police report provides a record of the incident and is used as a basis for accident investigation. If you don’t file a police report, the other party could deny the accident or may claim that it was your fault. If you failed to call the police at the scene, you can and should file a report later. Georgia law requires you to file a police report after a crash whenever someone was hurt or killed or when property damages are more than $1,000.
Waiting Too Long to See the Doctor
One of the most important parts of your case is proving your injuries. If you wait too long to visit the doctor it may seem as though your injuries were not serious or that your injuries happened after the crash. The longer you wait to see the doctor, the more difficult it will be to prove your case.
Sometimes people wait to see the doctor because they are unsure whether they are actually injured. This is a very common concern; however, it is always in your best interest to get checked out by a doctor immediately, even if you aren’t sure whether your injuries may worsen. Visiting the doctor or emergency room will give you a record of your injuries and will provide a basis for your case. Keep in mind that you may require subsequent medical treatment. The general rule of thumb is to seek medical care as soon as possible, but no later than 72 hours after the accident.
Making Statements That Could Hurt Your Case
If you are a compassionate person, you are likely to exit your vehicle and ask if everyone is okay, even if the accident isn’t your fault. What you need to keep from doing is apologizing. An apology makes it seem like you are blaming yourself for the accident, even if that isn’t your intention. This simple statement could be used later to try to prove that you were partly at fault for the accident.
Following the accident, the insurance company representative will contact you to take a statement. This statement will usually be recorded. Be very careful not to admit guilt. In fact, it is best to seek guidance from an experienced Atlanta car injury attorney before you talk to the insurance company.
Not Getting Help from an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney
Personal injury cases can be complicated and confusing. You may get less than what you deserve, or your claim could be denied completely if you make any errors along the way. Prevent problems from happening and get the money you deserve for the injuries you sustained with help from an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney. Call The Bader Law Firm to find out how we can help you avoid the pitfalls in your personal injury case.
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.