Posted on October 30, 2009 in Personal Injury
Don’t Jeopardize Your Personal Injury Case
In the blink of an eye you could be involved in an auto accident and get seriously hurt. If the accident was caused by another driver’s carelessness your emotions will be racing and you could say or do something that would jeopardize the integrity of your lawsuit. As difficult as it may seem, try to remain calm and keep in mind the old adage "less is more" and apply that to what you say and what you do until you can speak to an experienced personal injury attorney.
You Don’t Want To…
Here is a short, albeit important, list of actions you don’t want to do if you are involved in an auto accident:
- Don’t attempt to move your car from the accident scene unless a law enforcement officer has instructed you to do so or your safety is in jeopardy.
- Don’t go anywhere without permission from a law enforcement officer.
- Don’t discard anything that might serve as evidence for your case.
- Don’t admit guilt to any part of the accident or offer any sort of apology, even casually.
- Don’t negotiate or come to a decision regarding a settlement without speaking with your personal injury attorney first.
After you have exchanged personal contact information with the other driver and any potential witnesses, call your insurance company and report the accident. Obviously, if your injuries prevent you from doing these things, ask a friend or family member to do them for you. It is important to your lawsuit to keep the ball rolling because many states have statute of limitations regarding filing a personal injury lawsuit. Your personal injury attorney will share that information with you at your first meeting.
This article has been provided by the San Francisco personal injury law firm Brownstein Thomas, LLP, Phone: 877.214.9714.
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