What mistakes should I avoid when filing a car accident claim in New York?
After a car accident victims are often saddled with overwhelming medical bills, lost wages, property damage, emotional distress, and other significant losses that negatively impact their lives. Fortunately, if you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligent actions of another party, you are legally entitled to file a claim against the at-fault party to seek compensation for your damages. However, you must fulfill the burden of proof which means you must prove that your injuries were caused as a direct result of the other party’s negligent actions. Luckily, our determined Westchester County Car Accident Attorneys can help you gather pertinent evidence to corroborate your claim. In addition, we can help you seek financial compensation for your economic and noneconomic damages.
How can I avoid common mistakes when filing a car accident claim in New York?
The immediate actions you take after a car accident could help or hurt your case. After a car accident, there are certain mistakes you may make that could affect your ability to recover compensation for your damages. Victims often leave the scene of the accident without notifying law enforcement officers of the incident. It is imperative to wait at the scene of the accident until law enforcement officers have had enough time to take pertinent witness statements and investigate the cause of the accident to establish fault. You should not leave the scene of the accident until after you’ve filed a police report which helps document the accident. In addition, it is important to seek immediate medical attention after a car accident. Victims tend to believe they are perfectly fine because they do not see any injuries. However, certain types of injuries may not be visible or could have delayed effects. After seeking medical treatment it is imperative to keep track of all pertinent medical records as they can help prove the extent and severity of your injuries. It is also important to never exaggerate your injuries. You should be honest about the extent and severity of your injuries. The negligent party’s insurance company will try to discredit your claim. If you post about your injuries on social media, they could use that information against you. In addition, you should never speak to an insurance adjuster without first speaking to an attorney. An insurance adjuster will try to get you to slip up and say something that they can twist and use to their advantage to discredit your claim. It is imperative to never make statements to insurance companies as you can never take back what you have stated. Finally, you should retain the legal services of an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Our Westchester County car accident attorneys can help ensure you file a claim within the right time frame. In New York, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim against a negligent party. However, if you miss the filing deadline you will be barred from ever filing in the future and lose your right to recover compensation for your damages.
In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to another party’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our adept and trusted attorneys. Our firm is committed to helping our clients achieve favorable results. Allow our firm to fight on your behalf today to seek the justice you deserve.