Being involved in a car accident can cause overwhelming emotions, from sadness and anxiety to frustration and fear. Unfortunately, the effects of the accident aren’t over once you return home. You’ll need to file a car accident claim to receive compensation for your medical bills and other expenses arising from an accident. This can be a complex and confusing process for many, and one misstep can derail your case. Keep reading to learn the most common mistakes drivers make after an accident and discover how a Broward County auto accident lawyer can help.
Waiting Too Long to File a Car Accident Claim
The first and most common mistake many make is waiting too long before filing their claim. The sooner you start the process, the better, as there is a statute of limitations on personal injury cases in Florida. You’ll have four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. While this may seem helpful as it gives you plenty of time, this can hurt your case.
Waiting too long makes it more likely that details will be forgotten, witnesses can be unreachable, and vital records may be lost. You should file your claim as soon as possible as it helps establish liability sooner, allowing you to receive compensation sooner.
Leaving the Scene
Another error that many make after a car accident is leaving the scene without filing a police report. Though you may rush to get home or get to work, exchanging insurance information with the other driver isn’t enough to help your claim. You’ll need to call the police to receive a formal report, even if the collision seems minor. If you do not file a police report, you risk the negligent driver’s attorney claiming your injuries were not severe if the police were not notified of the accident.
If you’re in a rush to leave the scene, you may not take photos and videos of the damage to your vehicle or get the contact information of witnesses. Both of these steps can help prove liability when filing your claim, so taking the time to gather evidence is essential.
Failing to Contact a Lawyer to Help With the Car Accident Claim
Unfortunately, many assume they can file a lawsuit against the negligent party without the help of an attorney. However, this is not the case, as those who try to navigate a lawsuit on their own are almost always unable to achieve the best outcome.
Instead, a seasoned lawyer has the necessary experience to fight insurance adjusters and other attorneys to help you receive the compensation you’re entitled to.
When you need to file a car accident claim, don’t wait until it’s too late to contact an attorney. At the Finizio Law Group, our dedicated legal team will do everything in our power to help you receive the justice you are entitled to while you focus on healing your injuries. Reach out today to discuss the details of your case.