If you’ve just been in a car accident, you may be searching to find answers about how to proceed with your next steps to better protect your family. But in the midst of finding information about what you should do, you also may be wondering what you should not do.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Clarksville Personal Injury & Car Accident Attorneys know that sometimes it isn’t what you do—but rather what you don’t do after a car accident that makes a difference in your claim. Check out this list of the top things to avoid doing after your wreck, and if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by dialing (615) 200-1111 or filling out a free online form.
To protect your right to full compensation after your accident, do your best to avoid making these mistakes:
Even if you think you were partially or fully responsible for the accident, it’s important to never tell anyone this information—especially the insurance company. Admitting you were at fault can cause your claim to be reduced or even denied, and in many cases, evidence-based investigations find that victims who initially said they caused the accident weren’t responsible after all. That’s why it’s best to let an attorney analyze the accident and decide your level of liability.
Insurance companies also frequently offer victims like you settlements in the days immediately after their accidents. These settlements usually seem like large amounts but are actually not nearly enough to cover the total cost of the accident, including current and future medical care, as well as current and future lost wages. However, if you accept the settlement offer, you could jeopardize your ability to receive some or all of that additional compensation in the future.
Even if you’re busy, it’s still vital that you find time to see a doctor after your car accident. Not only will seeing a doctor help rule out any internal injuries that may not show up for several days or even weeks after the accident, but it also means you and your attorney will have access to a medical report—which can be used as valuable evidence for your claim. In addition, insurance companies are much more likely to treat your claim and injury seriously if you can prove you needed medical treatment immediately after the accident.
In Tennessee, personal injury victims have one year after the date of their accidents to file claims for compensations. While that may make it sound like you have plenty of time to call a lawyer, it’s best to contact an experienced law firm as soon as possible. As with going to the hospital, waiting too long can look suspicious from the insurance company’s perspective. In addition, the sooner you act, the more evidence your attorneys may be able to obtain. Things like traffic camera footage, crash scene debris, and witness statements are only easily obtained during the first few days or weeks after the accident.
By making sure you do your best to avoid these common mistakes, you can present your claim to an attorney and have a great chance at receiving full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repair costs, and much more.
The experienced Clarksville car accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law are waiting to take your call and begin fighting for your rights to full compensation today. Don’t wait to get the help you need—contact us today, and let us get you on the road to recovery.