If you are injured in a car accident, seeking treatment is probably the
first thing on your mind. You probably won’t consider the need or
desire to seek compensation until later, once you have had time to digest
the events that have occurred. As such, it’s easy to make a mistake
that can impact your ability to recover compensation while still at the
scene of the accident. Knowing about these mistakes ahead of time is a
good way to avoid them, so let’s take a look at a five of them now.
Failing to Call the Police
Police documentation is relied upon heavily in accident investigations,
so you’ll want to make sure an officer comes to the scene, takes
statements, collects information, and files a report that you can obtain
and use as evidence. The final report will have statements from both parties
as well as witness information and the officer’s name and badge
number. If you’re involved in an accident, the first thing you should
do is call an ambulance to obtain medical attention for any injured parties,
and immediately call the police after to make sure they come to the scene.
Failing to Take Photos
Cell phones have made collecting photographic evidence of an accident extremely
simple, since nearly everyone carries one with them nowadays. Without
moving any of the vehicles involved, be sure you snap photos from every
angle possible, including details like skid marks, impact points, and
the nature of the roads where the collision happened. If it happened in
an intersection, be sure you capture photographic evidence of any traffic
control devices, such as stop signs, traffic signals, and speed limit
signs to verify your statement details.
Failing to Get Contact Info of Witnesses
If someone volunteers to give their statement as a witness, be sure you
collect their contact information as multiple parties will likely want
to hear their side of the story. It’s an all-too-common mistake
that a witness describes what they saw but nobody collects their information
to then be able to contact them for it again later. If someone saw what
happened, be sure you can contact them about it again later.
Speaking with the At-Fault Insurance Company
Claims adjustors are trained to process cases quickly and in a way that
protects their own company’s best interests. So they will often
try to speak with you as soon as possible, including possibly right there
at the accident scene. If the other party immediately calls their insurance
company (which is fairly common), they may request to speak with you right
there on the scene. In most cases they will inform you the conversation
is being recorded and ask you questions. If you’re not in a good
mental state (which let’s face it, you probably aren’t immediately
after an accident), it’s not good to answer their questions. For
example, they may ask you if anyone is injured, but most injury symptoms
from a car accident don’t emerge until a couple of days after the
accident occurs. You are not required to make a statement to the other
person’s insurance without speaking with your own company or an
attorney first, and it’s advised you do so before speaking with them.
Failing to Seek Representation
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in the accident, it’s
crucial you speak with a Washington DC car accident attorney. Having experienced
and knowledgeable counsel on your side can help you know and exercise
your rights throughout the claims process and protect your best interests
in order to make sure you are properly compensated. Not obtaining representation
can leave you subject to underhanded tactics insurance companies use to
try to discredit your injuries and protect their own bottom line rather
than compensate you the amount you deserve.
Regan Zambri Long, PLLC, we have more than 100 years standing up for the rights of car accident
victims. Our tested and proven method of representation takes a unique
approach to your case and prioritizes your goals and step-by-step guidance
through every step of the process. We believe your claim deserves the
best possible representation, and we are aggressive in our pursuit of
your best interests, recovering more than $350 million on behalf of our
clients to date.
Call Regan Zambri Long, PLLC today at (202) 759-6699 for a complimentary consultation today!