Montgomery, AL- Each year in Alabama hundreds of people are killed and thousands are injured in traffic accidents. According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, an individual is injured in an Alabama traffic accident every 13 minutes and 4 seconds. That equates to many Alabamans who will need to pursue compensation from an at-fault driver. But before they get to the claims process there are mistakes an accident victim can make that could damage their claim and deprive them of the compensation they deserve. That is why USAttorneys wanted to explain a few of the more common mistakes accident victims in Montgomery make.
One of the first and most common mistakes a victim makes is to apologize for an accident or say too much to parties at the scene or talk to an at-fault driver and their insurer. Many people are nervous and anxious at the scene or in the weeks afterward. If you apologize, it can be misinterpreted as an admission of wrongdoing and will be used against you by an insurance company or counsel to reduce their liability.
Our team of accident lawyers in Montgomery, Alabama recommend you speak to no one other than a police officer at the scene of your car accident. If you are approached by an insurance company while in the hospital or recovering at home, don’t speak to them before you get sound legal advice.
Accident victims can make mistakes or say something that hurts their claim and results in a smaller settlement than they deserve.
Another mistake common for accident victims is to wait too long to get medical attention. Of course, some accident victims are so badly hurt they must be taken to the hospital immediately, but not all are. Some accident victims can suffer a painful injury without realizing it, and refuse to get medical attention. That is a big mistake because you could make your injuries worse.
Your reluctance to get medical attention and can also be used against when you try to recover compensation. If you don’t get an immediate diagnosis, the parties responsible for your accident can claim the injuries weren’t sustained in the crash or that they aren’t serious enough to justify the compensation you are seeking. To ensure you get the amount of compensation you truly deserve, you need to get medical attention immediately and then speak with a personal injury lawyer who understands the state’s auto injury laws.
Another mistake typical of Montgomery accident victims it to speak to a car insurance company before getting legal assistance. Auto insurers process so many accident claims that are usually eager to settle your claim and move on to another one. We recommend you let your legal counsel speak for you and refrain from saying anything to a car insurance company. They will use anything you say to damage your claim and give you less than you need for your injuries.
USAttorneys urges you to speak with a local attorney as soon after their accident as possible. If you live in Montgomery, Alabama, we recommend you call personal injury lawyer Morris Bart at (334) 523-0664 to set up a case evaluation. You can rely on attorney Morris Bart and his legal team to approach your case with integrity and tenacity, so you recover the amount of compensation you deserve.