No one means to be involved in a vehicle accident, and no one plans to make a severe error after being engaged in one. It does, however, happen frequently. At Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn, we’ve helped a lot of people figure out what their best choices are following an accident. Read on to learn about three common blunders that we hope no one makes, but if you have, call us at (310) 209-1600 to book a consultation.
Do not leave the accident scene until you have gathered all necessary information
You should not leave the scene of the accident without obtaining as much information as possible unless you are wounded and require emergency medical treatment. You’ll most likely be taken aback. You might be ashamed, terrified, or enraged. It’s natural to have a range of emotions at this time, but your best option is to push them aside and gather proof.
This includes photographing the license plates of any automobiles involved, obtaining contact information from everyone involved (including witnesses), photographing the area, and gathering any other information you can. It’s critical not to discuss the case with anyone on the scene at this stage, and to collect as much evidence as possible. Failure to do so may have a major influence on the amount of money you get as a result of your personal injury claim.
At the scene of the accident, do not refuse medical treatment
Many people are hesitant to seek medical attention at the scene because they are concerned about the cost of therapy. This is a blunder. If you suffer an injury, no matter how small, you should get treatment as quickly as possible. This not only aids in your rehabilitation, but it also serves as a record of your injuries at the scene. If you are injured, speak with the medical personnel on the scene so that you can be examined and treated as needed.
Do not disregard your physician’s advice
This one will be difficult for you if you are the sort of person who takes your doctor’s advice with a grain of salt. You should take a medication when your doctor advises you to. If they advise you to seek physical treatment, you should follow their advice.
If you do not follow your doctor’s instructions, you may be lowering the worth of your case in two ways. First, the defendant’s lawyer could argue that your injury isn’t as bad as you claim, else you wouldn’t be following medical advice. Second, they might refuse to pay for future medical expenses on the basis that you would have fully recovered if you had followed your doctor’s treatment plan.
If you have been injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, Uber or Lyft accident, or any other type of vehicle accident, contact Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600 to request a free legal consultation.