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The Do’s And Don’ts When Filing a Car Accident Claim 

When you get into a car accident, it is normal to panic and be confused about what you should do and what you should not. After the accident, victims may commit mistakes due to fear and panic. The mistakes you make at the accident scene and after the accident can cost you in the long run. 

Your one small mistake can affect the outcome of your case. Therefore, you must be prepared with things you should do, and you should not ensure you get maximum compensation. One of the first mistakes that you can commit is not contacting Palmdale Lancaster car accident lawyers following your accident. 

Below are a few dos and Don’ts you should remember after your car accident. 

DO’s

  • Do make sure to click pictures of the accident scene, pictures and videos of the damage to your vehicle, nearby surroundings, and more. 
  • Seek medical care right away. If you delay your medical treatment, proving that your injuries resulted from the car accident will be challenging. Additionally, it can also affect your physical health. 
  • File a police report no matter how minor the accident is. Also, make sure to collect a copy of a police report as it will serve as evidence when filing a claim. 
  • Collect witness information. There may be people who saw the accident happening. Therefore, make sure to collect all the information from the witness, as it will help you file a claim. 
  • Speak to a lawyer. After your accident, ensure to speak to a lawyer. You do not get forever to file a claim. Therefore, make sure to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to start the legal procedure. 

Don’ts 

  • Do not apologize at the accident scene. Even saying, ‘I’m sorry, out of sympathy or pity can be used against you. 
  • Do not give a recorded statement to the insurance company. After your accident, the insurance company will try to contact you and ask for a recorded statement. You should never agree to give a recorded statement unless you speak to a lawyer. 
  • Do not post about your claim, injuries, or compensation amount on social media. The insurance company will use your social media against you and try to lower your claim. 
  • Do not rush to settle your claim quickly. When the insurance company offers you a settlement offer, you should not rush to settle it unless you know that the compensation amount will cover your injuries and damages. 
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