Driving plays a big role in the lives of most Americans. We depend on our cars to get to work, to go grocery shopping, to take our kids to school, and to get us to our destinations. However, as important as driving is, it can also be dangerous. Millions of accidents happen each year in the United States. These accidents not only cause serious injuries to the victims but also hurt financially.
Fortunately, you have a legal right to file a claim against the negligent party to recover your financial damages. But the last thing you want to do is jeopardize your personal injury claim. Below are four common mistake accident victims make that can seriously impact their claim and ability to recover full compensation.
1. Underestimating Your Injuries
After an accident, it is human nature to want to assure others that you are fine. However, it is important to resist the urge to tell the other party who caused the accident that you are not injured. The shock and rush of adrenaline associated with an accident can diminish the initial pain of your injuries. However, telling the other party or their insurance carrier that you don’t have pain or underestimate the extent of your injuries can seriously hurt your accident claim.
2. Taking the Blame For the Accident
Taking the blame can be detrimental to your personal injury claim. Certain facts of an accident may not be obvious. It may take an investigation by an expert to prove exactly how the accident occurred. If you are quick to admit fault, you may be unable to recover any financial compensation from the party who actually caused the accident.
3. Ignoring Your Doctor’s Advice
After a serious car accident, it is imperative that you follow the advice or instructions of your treating physicians. If there are gaps in your treatment, the at-fault party may use it to poke holes in your ability to recover full compensation.
4. Not Hiring an Attorney
One of the worst mistakes you can make that can weaken your car accident claim is attempt to handle your own personal injury claim. Without an aggressive attorney on your side, there is no one to push the at fault party’s insurance carrier to pay the full compensation that you deserve. An attorney can also guide you through each step of the claim to help you get maximum compensation.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Samer Habbas, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys are experienced in handling all types of accidents. If you were involved in a car accident caused by another party and were seriously injured, you need aggressive legal representation. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you get the full compensation you and your child deserve.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our Los Angeles car accident attorneys, please call us at 888.848.5084