What Should I Avoid Doing Immediately After My Car Collision?

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You may be confident in your stance that your car collision was due to no fault of your own. However, the actions you take immediately following this event may jeopardize your credibility. Further, it may diminish your chances of being awarded financial compensation in a successful personal injury claim. Follow along to find out what actions you should avoid taking immediately after your collision and how a proficient Houston, Texas car accident lawyer at White Personal Injury can help you meet the mark for your claim.

What actions should I avoid taking immediately after my car collision?

You may have done all the right things immediately following your car collision while still at the scene. That is, you may have given your statement to a law enforcement officer; submitted to medical attention from the emergency medical technicians; taken photos of your bodily injuries and car damages; and much more. However, one minor misstep in the days, weeks, or even months following the event may jeopardize the solid groundwork you laid down.

For example, you should avoid engaging on social media at all costs. Any mention that you are “okay” after your car collision event on your social media platforms can and will be used against you by the defendant and their attorney in your civil court proceedings. This may also apply to social media posts that are irrelevant to your car collision event itself but that may insinuate you have exaggerated the extent of your injuries and damages.

Secondly, you should avoid missing any scheduled doctor’s appointments or being careless with the regimented treatment plan your doctor has prescribed to you. Again, this may indicate that you are overstating the severity of your injuries and damages. Or, this may put into question the connection between your injuries and damages with the car collision event itself.

Lastly, you should avoid speaking with your car insurance provider without the presence of your employed legal representative. This is because an insurance agent may pressure you into accidentally or wrongly blaming yourself for the car collision event. They may also pressure you into signing documents you do not fully understand or should not sign in general.

What deadline should I avoid missing for my car collision claim?

Arguably the most important step you must not forget to take for your personal injury claim is filing it on time. Specifically, the statute of limitation for a claim like yours in the state of Texas is generally two years. Meaning, two years from the date on which your car collision event took place.

A general rule of thumb is that the sooner you submit your claim, the better. This is because any delay may seem as though your need for financial compensation is not so urgent. With all these things considered, you must immediately drop everything and call a talented Houston, Texas auto accident lawyer from White Personal Injury.

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