There are common mistakes that I see time and time again when I speak with clients who are looking to retain our office to represent them. One mistake is that they wait too long to retain council. You want to get on the phone with an attorney as soon as possible so that attorney can advise you as to what you should and shouldn’t do.
Speaking to Insurance Carrier
A common mistake is getting on the phone with the insurance carrier that insures the one that caused the accident. They’re going to try to get you to give them information that may end up hurting you down the road. You don’t want to get on the phone with them. You want to speak with an attorney and let the attorney speak with the insurance carrier.
Not Advising an Officer
Another mistake that I see made quite often is not advising the police officer exactly what happened. You want to make sure that you get your statement on the record. If the other guy went through a red light, you want the police officer to know that the other guy went through a red light and that you had a green light. You want to make sure the statement is correct and that you’re clear about it.
Avoid Medical Attention
You want to make sure that you seek medical attention. If you were injured in that accident, you want to let the police officer know so that they can call an ambulance. If the ambulance personnel shows up, you want to talk to the ambulance personnel and tell them where it hurts. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had clients who were injured and they felt the injury at the scene of the accident, but they didn’t say anything because they needed to get home to their children, or they needed to get to work. If you suffered an injury, you need to seek medical attention right away.
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