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Common Mistakes When Seeking Compensation After an Accident

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accidentAfter a motor vehicle accident, most victims decide to pursue compensation to cover their damages. By receiving compensation, they can move on with their life without any debt or financial hardship. If you hope to collect fair and full compensation after an accident that was not your fault, be sure to avoid the following common mistakes.

Not Calling the Police

Calling the police is one of the most important steps to take after a motor vehicle accident. A police officer can file a detailed police report, which can be used to support your case.

Waiting to Seek Medical Attention

Even if you believe you are fine or your injury is minor, you should visit the doctor right after the crash. A doctor may identify an injury that you may have missed. Waiting to seek medical attention after an accident can devalue your claim.

Admitting Fault

Although it may be difficult, do not apologize or admit fault after the accident. By doing so, you can take responsibility for a crash that was actually caused by someone else's negligence. If you admit fault or say you are sorry, an insurance adjuster can use this information against you.

Failing to Keep Records

Following an accident, you should take the time to record what happened. Take pictures of the accident scene, all vehicles involved, and any injuries you have sustained. Also, keep track of your medical bills as well as any information you receive from the liable party's insurance company.

Accepting a Settlement Right Away

You should understand that insurance companies, just like other businesses, are dedicated to making money. Therefore, the responsible party's insurer will likely call you right after the accident and offer you a settlement.

While it may be tempting to accept this settlement and move on, doing so can lead to financial problems down the road because the settlement will likely be lower than you deserve.

Not Hiring an Attorney

To increase your chances of securing the maximum compensation you may deserve, you should seek legal representation. A motor vehicle accident lawyer can investigate your case and communicate with insurance companies on your behalf. This way, you will not miss out on money and can focus on what matters most: recovering.

Contact Our Joliet Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers

If you have been hurt in a car accident that was caused by another party's negligence, reach out to our Joliet motor vehicle accident lawyers. Call the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C., today at 815-666-1285 for a consultation.

Source:

https://www.lextalk.com/b/lextalk_blog/archive/2015/10/27/common-mistakes-people-make-after-suffering-an-injury.aspx

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