4 Essential Steps to Protecting Your Rights after a Motor Vehicle Accident

Imagine that you’re on your way to work, stopped at a red light, thinking about everything that you have to accomplish during the day. All of a sudden, another vehicle crashes into you. Based on the force of the impact, it’s obvious that they were distracted (probably texting) and didn’t see the red light or your car. This situation is all too common and can result in serious injuries for everyone involved. When you’re in a motor vehicle accident, time can slow down, and the experience can quickly start to feel surreal. Dealing with the aftermath of an accident can be confusing, but you want to make sure that you are always acting in a way that doesn’t jeopardize your rights. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind after an accident.

Don’t Apologize

Yes, it can be very tempting to say the words “I’m sorry,” even when you know the accident wasn’t your fault. After all, it’s common to apologize for a situation, even when you aren’t to blame. Unfortunately, in this case, a well-meaning apology can possibly hurt your claim. An apology can sometimes be used as evidence of an admission of liability, so it’s best to stick to the facts after an accident.

Seek Medical Attention

Even if you don’t think you’re seriously hurt, it’s essential to seek medical attention as soon as you can after your accident. Some symptoms don’t present for hours or even days after the initial collision. In addition, if you fail to see a doctor, the insurance companies may note the lack of medical records and argue that if you were really hurt, you would have seen a doctor. Don’t give the insurance companies a reason to deny your claim, see a doctor after your accident and make sure to keep track of all of your medical records. They will become useful as your claim progresses.

Call a Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney in California Today

After a motor vehicle accident, your life can change drastically. Between dealing with various medical appointments, attempting to pay for treatment, managing time off work, and trying to focus on your recovery, the process can quickly become overwhelming. When you consider dealing with the insurance company, following up on the accident report, and trying to figure out how much your claim is really worth, the process can feel almost impossible. At the Law Offices of Brent. W. Caldwell, we are dedicated to helping our clients recover the compensation they deserve after an accident. Request a free consultation today to learn more about how we can help.