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Can I Mess Up My Car Accident Case?

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woman with neck injury after a crashIn a previous blog, we discussed some of the things that you should do after an accident to protect your rights. In this blog, we’ll detail some of the things that you should not do because these actions can mess up your claim.

Avoiding these things can seem challenging, but you should know how they damage your ability to pursue compensation.

Don’t Say Sorry to the Other Driver

When you are in an accident, it’s easy to feel the need to apologize to the other party. You may feel like you’re at fault for the collision, and you want to say sorry for any damages the other driver may experience. However, you should never assume guilt.

Numerous factors come into play when determining liability in an accident. The moment you apologize, though, you give the other party and their insurance company leverage. They’ll try to use your statement as an admission of guilt.

Don’t Give a Recorded Statement Alone

The insurance company may ask you for a recorded statement after the crash. They’ll ask you to give your account of the crash. What they don’t tell you, though, is that this recorded statement is often a tool they use against claimants.

They’ll analyze your statement to determine if there are any holes or contradictions from your original statement. If there is a place they can take advantage of your claim, they will. It’s best to have a lawyer with you to answer the questions during a recorded statement.

Don’t Post Activity Photos on Social Media

You may think your social media is private, but insurance companies and their legal teams are quick to gain access to find holes in your claim. If you post photos that don’t match up with your injury claims, you may be quick to find the insurance company denying your request for compensation.

It’s best to stay off social media during your case and avoid doing anything that jeopardizes your chance at a successful outcome.

Our Salem car accident lawyers will work with you through every aspect of your claim to protect your rights. Trust in The Gatti Law Firm to be your advocates, pursuing compensation and justice on your behalf. We’ll stand in your corner and fight for your rightful outcome.

Call (503) 543-1114 today to speak with a member of our team.


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