Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Car Accident Lawsuit
Far too many people miss out on the compensation they deserve because they made a simple mistake during the court process. No matter how solid your case, you need to abide by a few important rules to make sure that you not only win the lawsuit, but that you get the right compensation. Here are some of the most common mistakes that we see in car accident lawsuits:
Downplaying or Exaggerating the Accident
Many people believe that the more they can exaggerate the accident in question, the more compensation they'll receive. That's not the case. Exaggerating the case can compromise your testimony, which will be immediately exploited by the opposition. If you're caught in a lie, the case could be thrown out entirely.
Conversely, some personalities are prone to downplay the incident, and overestimate their own ability to "handle it." Make sure that you accurately gauge the ramifications of what happened.
Discussing the Accident Online
So many people these days have something happen in their lives (good or bad) and automatically post it on Facebook or Twitter. When dealing with a car accident lawsuit, do not post any information, stories, or pictures online. Insurance adjusters know that they can use this information against you, and anything posted on social media can be used as evidence.
Signing Your Rights Away
Before you sign anything, you absolutely should have a car accident lawsuit lawyer beside you. They will be able to read over the documents and let you know what they mean in layman's terms and if they are safe to sign or not. Any statement, from the police report, to preliminary documents from an insurance company, could contain important information about liability.
Failing to Gather Photo Evidence
Anytime you have any kind of an accident (from car accidents to slip and falls) you should be and are allowed to take pictures. The pictures should include not only the surroundings where the accident happened, but also the vehicles involved, and any possibly injuries on your person.
Skipping Medical Appointments
It's important that after a car accident you follow your doctor's orders and make sure you don't miss any appointments, including follow-up appointments and physical therapy. Failure to meet scheduled appointments could lead the opposition to undermine your claim of injuries.
Were you injured in a car accident? For a free consultation contact Sloat & Nicholson at 1-800-873-3202.