If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being involved in a serious car accident, there are certain things you should do. But there are also a number of things you shouldn't do, and we're going to go over them in this blog post.
Doing the wrong things following a crash can mean adversely effecting your ability to recover any financial damages for your losses. This can include not only getting your car, truck or motorcycle properly repaired or replaced, but also paying for any medical costs and ongoing care, being compensated for your out-of-pocket expenses or for the time you are unable to get back on the job. In some severe cases, you may not ever be able to earn a living to take care of your family again. Who's going to pay your living expenses?
We're sure this won't surprise you, but we feel the best advice following a car crash in Fort Myers is to get the advice of a personal injury attorney. Many folks aren't aware that it doesn't cost a thing to call our law firm and ask what you should do. Our experienced accident lawyers get calls every day from people who do not end up hiring us – and that's fine, that's what we're here for. It doesn't matter how busy we may be, or if we're in court at a trial, we're never too busy to answer your questions.
Things NOT To Do After a Crash
Assume Your Injuries Aren't That Serious – Even if you think you haven't been hurt that badly, you may start experiencing pain or medical issues long after the crash. We always advise to get medical attention immediately after being involved in a motor vehicle accident, even if you suspect it wasn't that bad of an impact. You could have internal injuries that need quick attention and not feel it, and getting a medical exam right away will provide you a documented record of any injuries and treatment, which can become critical later.
Admit Responsibility for Causing the Crash – Hopefully, you consider yourself an honest, forthright person. You may want to admit that it was likely your own fault the accident happened, or at least feel you were partially responsible. But, there are many circumstances that can become evident after a crash, and the last thing you want to do is quickly admit to any wrongdoing. Sure, you may in fact be found responsible for causing the crash, and we're not suggesting you lie to law enforcement or an insurance company. But you need to keep from blurting out that the collision was your fault until after all of the facts have been revealed and examined.
Tell the Other Driver that You Won't Contact the Insurance Company – Many of us have been involved in a crash where the other driver says they'll pay for your car's damages, and asks you to ‘just keep the insurance companies out of it'. This can be the worst agreement you'll ever make. No matter how honest or sincere the other driver may be, you simply can never know what they'll actually end up doing. A lot of people say what they think you want to hear, then later change their mind, especially following the shock of being in a crash. Plus, in most cases, your injuries and damage to your car will turn out to be more serious than first thought, and the other driver will refuse to pay up like they initially promised. Of course, there are many drivers out there who have no car insurance at all, or are driving around severely under-insured. To learn more about being hit by a driver with no insurance, read this.
Agree to NOT Exchange Contact Information with the Other Driver – When people think the accident is a minor one, they often feel there's no need to exchange important information with the other parties involved. This is another critical mistake, in the event that your damages or physical injuries turn out to be more severe than you first thought. If you can't find the other people involved after the fact, you'll have no way to recover any financial losses.
Assume You Don't Need a Lawyer – As we mentioned, you may feel the accident was so minor that you don't need the help of a personal injury lawyer. This can also be a very bad assumption, because you never really know what may happen down the road that could result in severe financial or physical hardship for you and your family. Many folks think that they're ‘bothering' us when they call with questions after a crash, and that couldn't be further from the truth. If it's one thing we're known for at Goldberg Noone law firm, it's our accessibility. One simple phone call to 239-461-5508 is all it takes to get your questions answered, no matter how insignificant you feel they may be.
Keep these important points in mind if you've been involved in a crash, and you'll thank yourself later for protecting your rights to receive financial compensation for your losses. We want you to know we're here for you when you need us, and hiring our law firm does not cost you a thing unless we are successful on your behalf. Contact us right away, and make the first step to get on with your life.