Statistics show that many people are involved in motor vehicle accidents at least once in their lifetime. And this is regardless of how safe you drive or you may think you are, other drivers can ultimately put you in a situation where you have an accident. However, there are things under your control when it comes to claiming for compensation if the car accident is not your fault. This article will discuss how to avoid some of the common mistakes people make after a car accident.
Even though you had nothing to do with causing the accident you still have to deal with the aftermath of the accident. This requires some knowledge of negligence and the laws surrounding it in the state of Alaska. Being involved in a car accident can be traumatizing and unnerving that you might not even know what to do when it happens. It is at this time that most people make three of the worst mistakes that literally hurt their claim for compensation. These mistakes are:
- Not taking pictures. It is extremely important and good for your case that you take as many pictures as you can of the accident and the surrounding area. Be sure to include the damages to both vehicles, any traffic signs near the accident site as well as pictures showing the road conditions (this includes traffic, potholes, etc.). Also take pictures of any visible injuries that you have while you are still at the scene of the accident, if possible. If taking pictures is too much work take a video instead. Anything you think is necessary has the potential to strengthen your case for compensation.
- Accepting a fast settlement. Most insurance companies want you to take their first settlement offer and it is likely you may be tempted to do so. However, what you must know is that the first offer is usually the lowest offer and you might not get what you truly deserve as compensation. Your denying the first offer is not out of greed for a higher amount but you might have injuries that take longer to heal and you might need to miss more work as a result; if you settle too early it can cost you much more down the road. It is important to realize that once a case is settled and you have signed the settlement agreement you are unable to reopen that case.
- Assuming you feel fine. After an accident you might feel fine and even refuse medical treatment. Medical experts have attributed this to an increase of adrenaline that courses through your bloodstream after a frightening experience.
As a result it may take hours or even days for symptoms to present themselves, therefore, you need not underestimate your injuries after an accident. If initially you say you are fine an insurance company will question why your injuries have suddenly gotten worse and allege that your claim is fraudulent
After a car accident you might not know where to start, however, you need not face this fight alone, seek out Anchorage lawyers who focus exclusively on personal injury matters.