Posted on July 28, 2014 in Personal Injury
Following involvement in an auto accident, there are several common mistakes injury victims should take care to avoid. Consider the following:
Not getting all required information — Make sure that you take down the other driver’s name, driver license number, auto insurance and registration information.
Do not give a statement to the other insurance company — Defendants’ insurers will move quickly after accidents to try to get statements and concessions before you can consult an attorney.
Waiting too long to get medical treatment — Even if your pain seems minor at first, it may get worse over time. If you refuse medical treatment at the time of the accident, it is almost certain to be used against you later and can make it difficult to link the accident to any injuries that do surface.
Do not forget no-fault benefits — In the case of vehicle accidents, your own insurance may provide some benefits such as personal injury protection (PIP) that can hold you over while your claim proceeds.
Do not lose track — While it can be difficult, it is important to keep track of the doctors you see and the witnesses and evidence that may be crucial to your claim. This information slips away more quickly than you can imagine. Keep written logs, if you can.
Settling quickly -– Defendants’ insurers will likely attempt to negotiate a quick settlement before the full extent of your injuries is known. Do not settle your case without consulting an attorney.
For more information on how to protect yourself if you have been involved in a car accident contact our personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia at the Law Office of Jay L. Edelstein, Esq. Call us at (215) 893-9311 in Pennsylvania or (856) 809-3150 in New Jersey or visit our website at www.myphillypersonalinjurylawyer.com and one of our car accident lawyers will review the details of your case.Following involvement in an auto accident, there are several common mistakes injury victims should take care to avoid.