The moments following a car accident can be traumatic and confusing, to say the least. Amidst the flurry of activities at the accident scene, remembering what to do and avoiding mistakes can be a tall order. Consequently, car accident victims often make costly mistakes that jeopardize their claims.
Here are two mistakes to avoid:
Failing to seek treatment
A car accident can leave you with a variety of injuries. While some injuries, like cuts and broken bones, may be immediately visible, others, like brain and internal injuries, may take days or even weeks to manifest. There are two important reasons why you need to seek medical help immediately after the accident. Firstly, seeking it as soon as possible ensures that you receive the treatment you need in time. You don’t want to take chances with your health.
Second, seeking treatment as soon as possible allows a doctor to document your injuries. This is essential if you wish to pursue your damages.
Taking too long to file a claim
If you decide to pursue the liable party for damages, it is in your best interest to do so as soon as possible. Again, there are two reasons why this is important. First, you want to pursue the claim while your memory and crucial evidence of the accident are still fresh.
Second, the Texas statute of limitations requires you to act fast. Meaning that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party.
Being involved in a car accident can leave you overwhelmed. Knowing your legal options can help you safeguard your rights and interests while pursuing your car accident claim.