Car accidents can be frightening and overwhelming experiences, but the
steps you take immediately after an accident and in the following days,
weeks, or months could make the difference for your health. It can also
make the difference in your personal injury case - should you choose to
file one - and your ability to recover financial compensation for your
damages, including your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost work wages.
At Joey Gilbert Law, our Reno car accident lawyers receive many calls from
people who have been hurt in all types of auto accidents, and we’ve
seen how their actions can set the tone for their legal journeys. To help
ensure you and your loved ones know how to react after a
car accident, our team has put together a list of some common mistakes to avoid:
Not notifying police - After an accident, parties involved may choose to not notify the authorities.
This, however, can be detrimental to a personal injury claim, as police
can act as neutral third parties that record objection information about
the crash. Police reports can also record witness statements and contact
information. Calling the police after an accident is a wise decision,
but when they come, you should never admit fault. There may be factors
at play that you don’t know about, and the other driver may be the
one at fault, even though you may initially think you contributed to the crash.
Not getting timely medical evaluation - Not all car accidents necessitate ambulance rides or emergency room visits.
In fact, some victims may not feel pain until hours or days after the
crash, especially when their adrenaline is running. Others may simply
not want to go to the doctor. Whatever the case may be, it is important
to seek timely evaluation from a medical professional to ensure you receive
the care you need. Seeking timely treatment also prevents you from having
to explain why you waited to seek evaluation when you were experiencing pain.
Believing the insurance company will help - Insurance companies are in business to make money and protect their bottom
line, not pay compensation to victims hurt by their policy holders. As
big businesses, insurance companies are always concerned about their profits,
and will often do whatever they can to pay victims as little as possible.
When you trust the insurance company or their initial offers, you risk
receiving far less compensation than you may be entitled to under the law.
Not knowing your rights - One of the best things you can do after an accident is to understand
your rights. Many accident victims who make crucial mistakes often do
so simply because they are unaware of their right to pursue justice and
compensation from the party that caused their accident - as well as their
right to a lawyer. Take the time to learn more about your rights, or better
yet, consult an experienced lawyer who can personally explain your rights
given your unique situation.
Waiting too long to file a claim - Some victims make the unfortunate mistake of waiting too long to file a
personal injury lawsuit, and therefore become barred from receiving compensation
for their damages. At our firm, we always advise victims to contact us
as soon as possible after their accidents - not only to avoid problems
with statutes of limitations, but to also give us the time to build a
strong and effective case.
What you do in the short- and long-term after a car crash is important,
but it’s not always easy when you may be struggling with injuries,
setbacks, and stress. That’s why our team of personal injury lawyers
is available 24/7 to help victims and families. If you’ve been hurt
in a car accident in Reno and want to learn how we can help you,
contact Joey Gilbert Law today for a FREE consultation.