Most Common Mistakes That Will Wreck Your Auto Accident Claim
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 35,092 people in the U.S. were killed in automobile accidents in 2015, the deadliest year since 2008. Because of this, $1 trillion was lost in productivity and loss of life. However, for victims who survive their accidents and file an auto accident claim to be compensated for lost wages, medical bills, and property damage, they must proceed very carefully. Otherwise, not only may they jeopardize the chance to gain compensation for their injuries, but may in fact ruin their case altogether. To keep this from happening, it’s crucial to retain an experienced auto accident attorney, who will make sure many common mistakes that often wreck auto accident claims do not happen.
Failing to Stop at the Scene
If a driver fails to stop at the scene of an accident that results in injuries, property damage, or death, they may not only find themselves in trouble with law enforcement, but also give insurance companies additional evidence that may be used against them when filing a claim. In addition, the driver must also submit proof of insurance at the scene and to the Department of Motor Vehicles within 15 days. If this is not done, your driver’s license and vehicle registration may be suspended.
Providing a Statement to the Insurance Company
Unfortunately, even if you think you are being helpful by giving a statement to the insurance company before speaking with an auto accident attorney, you’ve just made a huge mistake. Whether you’re filling out an online report of what happened or dealing with the other driver’s insurance company, chances are you will inadvertently say something that will later be used against you.
Gathering Witness Information
When involved in an accident, making sure you get witness information can sometimes mean the difference between winning or losing your case. To make sure you get all the information you need, be sure to collect the following details:
–Names, contact information, and insurance information from other drivers
–Names and contact information from witnesses
By having this information, you may be able to ensure your auto accident claim will be successful.
Failing to Take Photos
Since virtually everyone has a smartphone with them at all times, failing to take photos at the accident scene can severely diminish your chances of winning your case. By taking pictures of vehicle damage, property damage, physical injuries, and other pertinent details, you will have proof of how the scene appeared at the time of the accident, which can show the court key details that might sway the verdict in your favor.
Contact an Attorney
When it’s time to file your auto accident claim, you need to contact an auto accident attorney as soon as possible. By doing so, you not only gain access to an experienced and knowledgeable legal professional who is committed to protecting your rights, but also one who will take on the insurance companies and do everything possible to help you get the full and fair compensation you deserve.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with an experienced New Jersey auto accident attorney, please call Beninato & Matrafajlo, Attorneys at Law at (908) 248-4404 for a free consultation. There are no fees until we win your case!