5 Things to Avoid After a Car Accident

Written by: Coletrane & Messersmith

How to Obtain Maximum Compensation If You Are Injured in a Car Crash

The days and weeks following a car accident can be difficult. There is often a lot of uncertainty surrounding how you will receive compensation for your injuries or if you are even eligible to file a claim for damages.

At Coletrane & Messersmith, our attorneys represent people who have been injured in car accidents in Newport News, Hampton, and the surrounding areas. We know that you may have a lot of questions about whether you will receive compensation for your injuries and who you should file a claim against. Contact our office for a free, no-obligation consultation.

  1. Never Settle

First and foremost, after a car accident, do not settle without first speaking with an experienced attorney. You will likely end up settling for far less than your case is worth. The negligent party’s insurance company may try to convince you that your injuries are not that serious or that you were to blame for the accident.

Before accepting any payment, let an attorney review your case and discuss your legal options. Our legal team will review your case for free to help you determine whether to pursue a claim based on personal injury against another party.

  1. Do Not Sign Anything

Insurance companies and negligent parties may use deceptive tactics to try to get you to settle your case or forfeit your right to receive compensation. Prior to signing anything involving your car accident, speak with an attorney.

  1. Do Not Stop Medical Treatment

One of the biggest mistakes most people make after a car accident is avoiding receiving medical treatment. They either assume they are not seriously injured, or they do not want to deal with having to be seen by a doctor. 

Failing to seek medical treatment immediately or failing to continue care can directly affect your right to financial recovery. It may also lengthen your physical recovery. 

  1. Stay Off Social Media

It can be challenging, but it is generally in your best interest to avoid social media and talking about your car accident to anyone other than your attorney. Anything you say or post can be used against you. Pictures, taken out of context, may make you appear less injured than you really are. A comment to a friend may be mistaken as admitting fault in the accident.

Until your case is resolved, do not post anything on social media that could be incriminating and only discuss your accident with an attorney.

  1. Do Not Wait to Hire an Attorney

Waiting to hire an attorney after a car accident can greatly impact your case. A lawyer can help negotiate with the insurance company to get you a larger settlement. They can also assist in establishing that another party was at fault and therefore responsible for your injuries.

All personal injury cases are subject to a statute of limitations defined by Virginia law. Failure to bring a claim for damages within the statutory limit can result in your claim for compensation being denied.

Contact Our Office to Discuss Your Car Accident

If you were seriously injured in a car accident, contact our office for a free case consultation. Call (757) 223-4455 to speak directly with an attorney. Our legal team will help you determine your legal options. Do not settle for less than your case is worth. Contact our office today to get started.

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