Many individuals injured as a result of a negligence-related car accident are quick to believe that the other party is at fault and they have a strong case on their own. However, this isn’t always a cut and dry situation and there may be other things that need to be considered.
Not everyone knows this, but there are some ways that victims of car accidents can put their own case in jeopardy with specific actions and statements. This is why it’s so important to ensure you know what not to do after an accident that can harm your case.
Leaving the Scene of the Accident
Leaving the scene of the accident is not only illegal, but it can be seen as though you believe your guilty of causing the crash. If you leave the scene following an accident when you are not at fault, this action may negate your ability to seek legal action simply because you made the decision to drive away.
Providing Incorrect Paperwork
After an accident, you’re supposed to exchange the necessary paperwork and documents with the party you feel is responsible for the crash. This includes insurance information and contact information that is provided to the insurance companies.
However, if your driver’s license or insurance policy is not valid, or you’re not providing accurate information, this may looked at as you trying to hide something. The negligent party’s insurance company may try to use this to put you at fault.
Saying Certain Statements
Some of the statements you make may be considered an admission of guilt so it’s important to watch what you’re saying. For instance, apologizing may be seen as you claiming fault in the accident. Or saying you didn’t see the other driver may be seen as negligence.
After a car accident, the other party’s insurance company may try to get you to provide a recorded statement about the accident. It’s important to know you have rights and you should hire skilled legal representation to help you understand what to do.
Our Tallahassee car accident attorneys at Shapiro Law Firm, P.A. are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured individuals when they need it most. We stand up for your rights and help you fight to seek the justice and compensation you deserve.
Call us today at (850) 629-7226 to discuss your potential case.