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Common Mistakes After An Auto Accident - Bengal Law

Common Mistakes After An Auto Accident

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In a Car Accident? Don’t Make These 6 Common Mistakes…

These are the six common mistakes you should avoid at all costs after being involved in an auto accident.

Admitting Fault To The Other Driver, Police, Or Insurance

Do not admit guilt or fault in a car accident. Even saying “I’m sorry” and apologizing for the incident could be seen as an admission of guilt. You are under no obligation to admit fault or apologize to the other driver. Similarly, never admit fault or guilt in front of police, or when you talk to your insurance company.

Failing To Call The Police

You should always call the police after an accident. A police investigation and police report can help build your case, and they will also take witness accounts and photos of the scene, which are all useful. They may even issue a citation to the other driver, which is helpful in proving fault.

Talking To The Police Without A Lawyer

This may seem like a contradiction. We just told you that you should call the police if you’re in an accident. And that is true.

However, in most cases, you should NOT answer questions asked by the police about the accident. Anything you say about the accident can be used against you. If you inadvertently admit fault or admit to violating a traffic law – even if you didn’t know it – this could harm your case.

You are legally obligated to give an officer certain information like your license, registration, and insurance. You also are required to take DUI or chemical tests, and the officer can insist that you and any passengers exit your car. But other than that, you do not have to answer any questions.

So, when in doubt, politely decline to answer questions from the police. Before giving any kind of testimony, you can consult with an Orlando car accident attorney like Joel Leppard to ensure you do not accidentally incriminate yourself.

Failing To Gather Evidence & Document The Scene

When possible, take photos of your car, any other involved vehicles, your injuries, the scene of the accident, and more. Documenting the scene can be very helpful when disputing fault or filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Skipping A Medical Checkup

Even if you only have minor injuries, it’s a good idea to get checked out at a hospital. Some car accident injuries may not be obvious at first, such as concussions. And getting a checkup ensures that you’ll have records about any injuries you experienced due to the accident, which will be helpful when filing your claim.

Not Consulting With A Lawyer Before Reporting Your Claim To Insurance

You should contact an Orlando car accident attorney before you report your claim to insurance. With the help and advice of an attorney, you can understand your situation and take the proper steps to protect yourself and your claim before you start working with insurance reps.

Recovering Compensation in a Personal Injury Lawsuit (2021)

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Recovering Compensation in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

To recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit, you must prove three things. First, you must show that you suffered some form of injury that caused damages or losses. Second, you must be able to prove that someone else is responsible for your injuries. Lastly, there should be access to financial recovery through the insurance policy or personal assets of the person responsible for your injuries.

Negligence

Negligence is a concept at the heart of every personal injury claim. In our society, every person has a duty to take reasonable precautions to avoid harm to others. Negligence occurs when someone violates this duty. In simpler terms, negligence means that someone was careless, and their carelessness caused an injury to another person.

Some examples of negligence include:

  • A driver who fails to stop at a stop sign
  • A truck driver who fails to yield when merging onto the highway
  • A shop owner who fails to clean a slippery and dangerous surface

In each of the examples above, the driver, the trucker, and the shop owner owed a duty of care to follow the rules of the road, take reasonable precautions to avoid an accident, or protect the safety of customers on their premises. Anyone injured by their failure to abide by the required duty of care would have a personal injury claim against them.

Sometimes, proving that someone acted negligently is difficult — especially when the at-fault party is represented by an insurance defense attorney. Moreover, it can be difficult to uncover all sources of recovery available to you. That is where an experienced personal injury attorney can help. Contact Bengal Law today to discuss the facts of your accident and determine whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim.

How Much Is My Accident Case Worth?

The goal of every personal injury case is to turn back the clock to place the accident victim in the same financial position as they were before the accident occurred. For example, if you have accrued medical expenses, lost wages, and incurred other expenses related to your injuries, the law is designed to compensate you for the total value of those losses.

The value of a case is determined by several factors, including the extent of your injuries, medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. Some of these factors, such as medical bills, are tied to a literal dollar amount. These are known as “economic damages.” Other factors, such as pain and suffering, are known as “non-economic damages.” This form of damages is often difficult to calculate without the assessment of an experienced Orlando accident attorney.

Economic Damages

Personal injury lawsuits seek to compensate victims in the form of damages, which include both economic and non-economic losses. For example, if you were injured in an accident, you may have medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other costs associated with your recovery. These are considered forms of “economic damages.” If you have experienced damages such as these, you are entitled by law to seek compensation to recover financially for your economic losses.

Non-Economic Damages

In addition to economic damages, you may also be entitled to seek compensation for non-economic damages. This form of damages includes things such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment for life, trauma, and other psychological and emotional harm. Non-economic damages are often difficult to calculate and even harder to prove. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine the true value of your non-economic damages so that you can maximize your recovery under the law.

Schedule a free consultation

Getting the compensation you need to make a full financial recovery starts with a free case evaluation with accident attorneys Jeff Starker or Joel Leppard.

Start today by texting or calling our office and scheduling a consultation with one of our Orlando personal injury attorneys, or complete our contact form to start your journey of getting help. We look forward to serving you.

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