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Five Mistakes Made After a Car Accident

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 11-May-2017

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.

At 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!

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