Car accidents are among the most common causes of accidental injury in Maryland and the rest of the United States. Despite being relatively common, many people do not know how to protect their rights after an accident and make significant mistakes that can negatively affect their ability to recover compensation. Here are three of the most common. For more information and to discuss your case with an experienced Maryland car accident lawyer, call our office today at (844) 632-7274 or contact us online.
Mistake 1: Apologizing
There are many social situations in which apologizing for something that wasn’t your fault is thought of as good manners. For example, when you bump into someone in a crowd, often both of you will apologize even though the collision was clearly caused by one of you. This is not what you should do after a car accident, as the other driver or the police could misconstrue an apology as an admission of fault. When you speak to the other driver, be polite and exchange the necessary information, but do not apologize for the crash.
Mistake 2: Failing to See a Doctor and Follow His or Her Advice
Many car accident victims make the mistake of not seeing a physician after an accident. While it may be true that your injuries will get better on their own, it is important to understand there will be no official medical record of your injuries if you do not see a doctor. Without a medical record, it can be extremely difficult to establish the extent and severity of your injuries to the insurance company handling your claim.
In addition, even if you do see a physician, if you fail to attend follow up appointments or engage in your treatment plan, the insurance company may try and use that as evidence that you were not as injured as you claim to be. For this reason, you should always follow your doctor’s advice and attend follow-up appointments.
Mistake 3: Accepting the First Settlement Offer You Receive
Finally, you should never accept the first settlement offer you receive from the insurance company. While an initial offer may seem good, they are almost invariably too low and fail to account for future losses or non-economic damages like pain and suffering. An attorney with experience representing car accident victims can evaluate your case and determine what a fair settlement may be. If the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer, your lawyer may file a lawsuit in order to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact Alpert Schreyer, LLC Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With a Maryland Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents have the potential to leave victims with substantial economic and non-economic losses. For this reason, it is important to do everything in your power to protect your rights after you’ve been in one. At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, we will review the facts of your case at no charge and let you know whether we believe you have a claim. In addition, we will never collect legal fees from you unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation with a car accident lawyer in Maryland, call our office today at (844) 632-7274 or send us an email through our online contact form.