My name is Danielle Diaz. One of the things I've learned in life, both inside and outside the courtroom, is that it is important to not see others as your enemy. Even though you may see the prosecutor as your enemy, he or she is just trying to do a job. It may be possible that you can get a prosecutor or the judge to be sympathetic and get him or her on your side. In order to accomplish this, you need to understand the law. I feel that most individuals do not understand the law, which is why I was motivated to create this blog.
If you are involved in a vehicle accident, you definitely want compensation for your injuries. An auto accident attorney can file a claim on your behalf. However, there are a few things you can do to ruin your case.
1. Failing to Call the Police
If you are injured in a car accident, your first impulse should be to call the police. Do not rely on the promises of the at-fault driver. In many cases, their pledges are insincere because they want to manipulate the case in their favor.
Even though the at-fault driver's insurance company should compensate you, it is essential to call the police before leaving the accident scene. The police will come to record your statement and obtain all the information from the other driver. Furthermore, you should take photos from the accident scene and obtain the contact information of any witnesses.
2. Not Telling the Truth
It is absolutely important to be honest when giving an account of the accident. You should not exaggerate your injuries or twist the facts in your favor. Furthermore, if you are not sure about something, do not say it to avoid self-incrimination.
In addition, you should not lie to the insurance company about your injuries. Lying to the insurance company may cause your claim to be voided. You may even be charged with fraud. When facing an insurance company, it is advisable to be accompanied by your auto accident attorney.
3. Not Going to the Hospital
In personal injury cases, you have the responsibility to mitigate the damage as much as you can. Failing to go to the hospital means you have failed in this responsibility. As a result, your injuries will get worse.
Furthermore, insurance companies are not excited about paying claims. Therefore, they want to find anything that will either minimize or nullify a damage award. If you fail to seek medical attention, they can argue that you were not injured. If you later make an injury claim, the insurance company may claim that your injuries are not related to your accident.
If you are injured in a car accident, you need to consult your auto accident lawyer immediately for advice on what you should do to ensure the best outcome of your case. The success of personal injury cases is dependent on the strength of your evidence. Most importantly, how you conduct yourself will also contribute to the damage award.