After you have been hurt in an auto accident, you probably don’t think about what ways you can harm your auto accident case. However, there are many common mistakes the victims of a car crash can make after the fact.
Here are the top 6 thing that can hurt your auto accident case:
- Social Media
- Waiting until it’s too late
- Not treating all injuries
- Disposing of important evidence
- Poor communication
Let’s look at each a little more in depth.
This may sound a little silly to you, however it does happen. This mistake is quite easy to avoid by simply being honest with all parties involved, including your attorney. Providing false information will have a disastrous effect on your case, including voiding any claims you may have.
Social media can be a great tool; it can also be your greatest downfall. Always be careful with what you post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. After an auto accident this can be even more crucial. It is now standard practice for insurance adjusters and attorneys to look into your Facebook and other social media accounts to find things that could help their case and end up hurting your case. They can do this without your knowledge and permission. Always err on the side of caution when it comes to social media, and to be really safe, don’t write or share anything about your accidents or injuries.
Waiting Until It’s Too Late
There is a time limit to file a lawsuit in the case of an auto accident. This time limit is known as a statute of limitations. In Colorado you have three years from the date of the accident to file. However, it is important to never wait to file a claim and you should contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. If you wait until the statute of limitations has expired you will be unable to seek damages.
Not Treating all Injuries
When you are injured in an auto accident, you should seek medical treatment immediately from a doctor. Many victims may not treat all injuries. This can be extremely risky and unhealthy, but it can also have a negative impact on your case. It is very important to follow your doctor’s orders and not skip out on anything when it comes to your recovery. Your injuries must have documented medical support in order to have a winning case. Along with this documentation, an experienced lawyer will then assist you in getting a settlement that will cover these medical costs.
Disposing of Important Evidence
It is important to save all evidence related to your case. You never know when a prescription, receipt, medical record, or picture may be useful. By preserving all evidence, you allow for your case to be the strongest possible.
Probably the most important thing is keeping in touch with your attorney and law firm. In order for the law firm to represent you to the best of their ability they must always be able to contact you. An open dialogue will be one of the most useful parts to your case.
If you have been injured in a car crash, don’t wait to contact an attorney. The Team here at McDivitt Law Firm is here to help you through the difficulties associated with an auto accident case, and thus, allow you to focus on your recovery.