After a car crash, you may want to file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation for your injuries. But even if you feel confident you can prove the at-fault driver’s negligence, there are mistakes you can make that might ruin your case. It’s important to understand these mistakes, so you can avoid them as you pursue your lawsuit.
Mistakes Victims Make After a Car Crash
Even if you believe you’re not at fault for the vehicle accident that caused your injuries, you need to avoid the following missteps to help ensure your claim is successful:
- Talking about your case. It’s important that you not talk to other people about your personal injury lawsuit, especially not insurance adjustors or private investigators looking to record your statement about the accident. If you communicate to others the discussions between you and your attorney and what you’ve been advised to do or what your case may be worth, your client-attorney privilege could be lost because you shared that information with other people.
- Posting information about your accident on social media. Social media postings can destroy a personal injury case. You should immediately stop posting to your social media accounts, even if you’ve set your accounts to “private.” Insurance adjustors and those working for the at-fault party will search through what you post looking for evidence to find proof that you’re not as injured as you say you are and try to ruin your case.
- Being unaware of insurance company surveillance. After you file a personal injury lawsuit, you should expect that the at-fault party’s insurance company and your own will conduct surveillance. Whoever is hired to follow you will likely take pictures and videos with the hope that you’ll be caught acting or behaving in a way that shows your injuries aren’t as bad as you claim.
- Signing away your rights. It’s important to speak with an attorney immediately following an accident. You will be contacted by insurance adjusters and other people working for the at-fault party who will likely present you with a settlement offer, checks, releases, and waivers. If you sign any of these documents, you will almost certainly be accepting a lower amount of compensation than you should receive or forfeit your legal rights to compensation completely.
Contact The Browning Law Firm After Your Car Accident
If you’ve suffered injuries in a car accident and want to file a car accident lawsuit, contact The Browning Law Firm. Before practicing law, attorney Coy H. Browning was a Florida State Trooper. He understands the process for moving ahead with a personal injury lawsuit and how to prove liability. Call us, or reach out to us using our convenient contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.