Drivers need to be cautious after a car accident. There are laws that govern what people should do and shouldn't do following an accident. However, there are some things you should avoid to prevent a possible lawsuit. These are five things that people should avoid in order to be more prepared to hire an attorney to assist them with obtaining financial compensation for accidents-related financial hardships.
Leave the accident scene
You should always remain at the scene of an accident whether you are involved in a single or multi-vehicle collision. Drivers who flee the accident scene, regardless of fault, are called "hit-and run drivers". A hit-and run offense in Florida is a felony with severe penalties.
Failure to Collect Crucial Evidence
Video and photo evidence are crucial in determining who is at fault for the accident. This is especially true for multi-vehicle accidents where determining liability can be complicated and time-consuming. Such evidence can prove crucial in proving who is to blame.
Claim Whose Fault it Is
Car accident victims may feel fearful or rage after an accident. However, an investigation might reveal a completely different story. Talk to your attorney only about your involvement and not the involvement of others.
Refuse Medical Attention
Car accidents can be very distressing and victims might want to return to their lives as quickly as possible. If you don't have any medical records that document your injuries, your claim could be denied for compensation. Even if you are feeling fine, dislike hospitals, or simply want to forget all about the accident, it is important that you see a doctor.
Do not forget to contact your insurance company
Florida car owners are covered by PIP (or No-Fault Insurance). This means you can get compensation for your injuries, even if you are at fault. To receive PIP benefits you must file a claim with your insurance company.
Neglect hiring an experienced car accident attorney
Before contacting your insurance company, you should speak to and employ the help of a car accident attorney in your area. He or she can help organize your paperwork and increase your chances of having your claim approved. Without one, you run the risk of being denied or compensated much lower than you deserve.