After a car accident, there are specific steps that you must take to get the maximum possible compensation and avoid legal problems in Ohio. Given the state’s at-fault laws, it’s important to avoid the following mistakes that often put people in an unfavorable position.
Failing to document the scene
After a car accident, it’s crucial to document the scene and gather evidence. This includes taking photos of the damage and injuries sustained and obtaining contact information from witnesses. Failure to do so could result in a lack of evidence to support your claim and may weaken your case.
Admitting blame or apologizing
The complexities of motor vehicle accidents are far too intricate to attribute responsibility for the collision to a single factor or party. Even if you think you may have been partially at fault, avoiding admitting blame or apologizing at the accident scene is essential. Insurance companies or and the other party can use this against you and reduce your settlement.
Not seeking medical help
Even if you don’t feel injured immediately after the accident, it’s crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Injuries like concussion, whiplash, soft tissue and organ damage and internal bleeding may not be apparent until later. By delaying medical treatment, you could worsen your injuries and hurt your chances of receiving fair compensation.
Signing documents without legal advice
Insurance companies often try to settle car accident claims quickly and for less than what you actually deserve. If you receive any document from an insurance company, it’s important to avoid signing them without consulting with a legal professional first. These documents may include clauses that limit your right to seek further compensation or waive your right to pursue legal action.
Avoiding mistakes means not leaving any room for insurance companies or other parties to exploit your words or actions against you. While at it, remember to call the police as the law mandates you to do so.