Getting involved in a car accident can be a scary experience. It’s no surprise that many Californians in car accidents seek compensation from the negligent driver who caused the crash. If you’ve recently been in a car collision, you might be wondering about your next steps for filing a personal injury case. Thankfully, our compassionate law firm is here to help! Continue reading this blog to find out how you can avoid the most common mistakes when filing a car accident injury claim, or contact our San Mateo County, California Car Accident Lawyer for more information.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON ACCIDENT CLAIM FILING MISTAKES?
The most frequently made mistake after a car accident is that victims of the crash fail to collect the evidence they’ll need to earn the compensation they may be entitled to. Some people might even leave the scene of the accident before law enforcement arrives. However, police officers will interview witnesses to determine who was at fault for the collision in their official report. This is an essential piece of evidence for car accident cases because you’ll need to prove that the other driver’s negligence directly led to your injuries. You’ll also need other documentation such as witness statements and hospital records indicating the extent of your injuries.
WHEN SHOULD I FILE MY CASE?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years in California. In other words, you’ll have two years from the date of your accident to file your claim. You won’t be eligible for compensation after that time period. It’s always a good idea to file your case as soon as you are able to. This gives your lawyer more time to collect the vital evidence you’ll need to hopefully earn the restitution you deserve.
SHOULD I AVOID SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER INITIATING A PERSONAL INJURY CASE?
Yes, you should definitely avoid posting on all of your social media accounts once you’ve filed your claim. The at-fault driver’s insurance company and/or legal representation will search for any evidence that you could possibly be faking or exaggerating your injuries. Nowadays, social media is one of the first places they check to see if you’ve publically said anything about the accident or your injuries. They might also check if you’ve still been attending social events or other activities after your accident, which could indicate that you’re overexaggerating your injuries. The best solution is to avoid social media altogether until the case has been settled in court.
Have you recently been injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligent behavior? Are you seeking a dedicated personal injury attorney who has your best interests in mind? Look no further because the Law Offices of Allister R. Liao is here to fight for you! Contact our highly experienced team today for an initial consultation.