Car accidents happen all the time. And while some may be simple fender-benders, others may result in serious injuries and property damage. If you are hurt in an auto crash that is not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation for your damages through the defendant’s car insurance cover.
However, to file a successful car accident claim, there are certain steps you need to take and mistakes to avoid. Here are two mistakes you need to steer clear of when involved in a car accident:
Underestimating your injuries
Moments following a car accident can be confusing and disorienting. Thanks to adrenaline influx, your pain sensors may be blocked. As a result, you may be perilously deceived that your injuries are not serious. However, failing to acknowledge the extent of your injuries can have devastating consequences. Even if you do not feel hurt, it is in your best interest that you seek medical attention as soon as you can.
Underestimating your injuries can hurt you in two ways:
- Undetected and, thus, untreated injuries can build up into more serious complications that can prolong your treatment or even result in your death.
- The insurance company can dispute your claims on grounds that the accident had nothing to do with the injuries otherwise you would have sought treatment.
Taking too long to act
It is important to acknowledge that you do not have all the time in the world to act after a car wreck. There are important timelines, also known as the statute of limitations, within which you must pursue the responsible party for damages. In California, you have up to two years from the date of the car wreck to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party.
A car accident can leave you shaken and hurt. Knowing your legal options can help you protect your rights and interests while pursuing the defendant for damages.