After a car accident, it is perfectly natural for those involved to be scared, confused, and disoriented. Making on-the-spot-decisions about the next course of action is very difficult to do while in the moment. Drivers can often make bad decisions that, later on down the road, prevent them from being eligible the full amount of the losses they sustained in the crash such as medical bills, and lost wages from missing work. Learning what some of the most frequently made mistakes are can help you learn to identify and avoid them will give you your best chance at being able to collect on all the damages that are owed to you under the law in Oklahoma.
Giving a Formal Statement to Any Insurance Company
Once you have been involved in a car accident, the calls from insurance companies will begin almost immediately. It is standard practice for the representative who contacts you to be either very aggressive or very misleading when it comes to telling you that you MUST give a recorded statement RIGHT NOW. Insurance companies are engaged in protecting their assets and in minimizing payouts. By cornering you and getting you to give a statement when you are completely unprepared and possibly still shaken is just one of the tricks that they use to get you to make statements that can be twisted around, misread, and used against you later on. In the state of Oklahoma, you are not obligated to give a recorded statement. Any endeavor by the insurance company to get you to do so is an effort to collect evidence against. If you fall prey to this trap it could end up being a very costly mistake in the long run.
Failure to Document
The best way to ensure your personal injury attorney has the greatest chance of success is by documenting as much as you possibly can after your car accident. This includes everything from accident and police reports, witness names and numbers, medical information, prescriptions, and even notes from your doctor. In a case where you are trying to collect damages for all these types of things, you have to be able to prove that they were actual expenses you incurred and that they were the result of the car accident. Even the most skilled personal injury attorney will be fighting an uphill battle if you are unable to furnish him with documentation of the exact injuries you suffered from and how much their individual treatments cost you.
Talking About it on Social Media
Regardless of which social media platform you use, once you post a picture or a statement it is out there for the entire world to see. This includes judges, insurance adjusters, and defense attorneys. Anything that you post on social media about what you are doing or how you are feeling can absolutely be used against you. Even posting something as innocent as “Having a good day today.” can be twisted to mean that you were not feeling any pain from the injuries you claimed you had. After you have been involved in a car accident it is best to lie low on all forms of social media.
The attorneys here at McGuire Law Firm we have more than 30 years of experience helping people who have been injured in Oklahoma car accidents get the compensation that they deserve. If you or someone that you love has been injured in a traffic accident, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for things such as medical bills, emergency room visits, lost wages from missed work, as well as pain and suffering. If you would like to receive a free consultation with one of our licensed, reputable personal injury attorneys regarding your car accident case, then please give us a call at (405) 513-5658 and speak with someone in our Oklahoma office today.