Human errors are the primary causal factor in most car accidents. That means the majority of collisions—and the injuries and deaths they cause—are preventable.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, our state sees its fair share of serious wrecks—with over 3,000 fatalities reported in 2014. Many thousands more suffered debilitating injuries.
Making a claim for medical bills and other injury-related damages involves a complex series of legal procedures, and one mistake is all it takes to jeopardize your case. The best way to avoid costly errors is to consult an experienced personal injury attorney.
The San Diego car accident lawyers at Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates bring proven legal strategies and a passion for the law to every case they handle. Alton J. Smith was selected for inclusion in 2012 Southern California Super Lawyers. Being designated as a Super Lawyer is no small feat as only 5 percent of attorneys in the Southern California region can earn this prestigious title. Call 855-290-8080 for a free initial consultation.
6 Common Mistakes That Could Affect Your Car Accident Claim
Car accidents can leave you badly shaken, and that distressed feeling won’t go away easily. Researched published by Live Science shows that you may go through a range of emotions, such as shock and anger, in the weeks afterward, and this psychological stress a normal part of dealing with any traumatic event.
During this difficult time, it is common for accident victims to make misguided statements out of anger, frustration, or depression. Unfortunately, what you say and do over the days and weeks after your crash can influence the outcome of your injury claim.
To make a successful claim, you will have to prove liability and damages. The defendant or insurance company will look for reasons to dispute your claim, so it is imperative that you do not make mistakes that would lead to such a dispute. Common mistakes that jeopardize car accident cases include:
- Leaving the scene or forgetting to call the police;
- Neglecting to take photographs or notes about what occurred;
- Forgetting to collect the insurance information of other drivers or pedestrians involved;
- Waiting too long to have your injuries evaluated by a doctor;
- Choosing not to have your car’s damage examined by a professional;
- Failing to speak to an experienced attorney about the merits of your case.
These are just a few of the most common errors that can derail car accident claims. To learn more about what you should and should not do after a collision, contact Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates.
Car accident lawyers Jeffrey E. Estes and Alton J. Smith hold AV Preeminent ratings by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating service and are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Se habla español. Call 855-290-8080 for a free initial consultation. To learn more about car accident injury claims, visit USAttorneys.com.
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