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5 Mistakes That Could Jeopardize Your Car Accident Claim


Being involved in a car accident is a traumatizing and emotionally overwhelming experience, which is why it is so easy to make certain mistakes that could prevent you from recovering your entitled compensation. Although you may already know the proper steps to take after a collision, the heat of the moment can increase your chances of committing a costly error that could harm your claim. 

Here are five of the common mistakes people often make immediately after a car accident: 

  1. Saying “Sorry!” – It is only natural to apologize for bumping into someone, even if it is not your fault. Unfortunately, saying you’re sorry to the other party can be misconstrued as an admission of fault. Even if you believe you are to blame, you do not know the complete picture and it may be possible the other party is also liable. 

  1. Not contacting the police – When law enforcement officials arrive at the scene, not only do officers ensure medical emergencies are taken care of and traffic is diverted away from the crash, but they will also write an official report of the accident, which is an important piece of evidence for your claim. 

  1. Failing to collect evidence – Along with the police report, you need other types of evidence to prove your case. Common examples include pictures, videos, and even witness testimony. If you suffered an injury that requires immediate medical attention, ask someone you trust to gather evidence on your behalf. 

  1. Not seeing the doctor – Whether you are involved in a fender bender or a multi-vehicle accident, you need to see a doctor. Even if you did not suffer any visible injuries like cuts or bruises, symptoms of soft tissue injuries such as whiplash and other strains may take hours or days after the accident to become apparent. In addition to understanding the full extent of your injury and determine the proper treatment, your doctor can also provide you with a copy of your medical record to be used in your case. 

  1. Trusting insurance companies – It is important to understand that insurers are not looking out for your best interest. Agents are not on your side because they work for the insurance company. They will try to find anything to either reduce the compensation you’re entitled to or deny your claim altogether. When you discuss the accident with your insurer, only provide them with the most basic information and do not go into specific details. 

Lastly, one of the most important steps you need to after being injured in a car accident is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. Let The Draskovich Law Group investigate your accident, gather evidence, and help you avoid making mistakes in order to maximize your entitled compensation. 

Contact us today at (702) 381-6590 for a free initial consultation. Serving clients in Vegas and throughout Clark County.