Last Updated: July 12, 2020

7 Things That Can Ruin Your Car Accident Lawsuit

Every year, an average of 6 million car accidents take place.

Were you recently involved in one? Have you filed a lawsuit to get compensation for the injuries you sustained or to get the money you need to fix your vehicle?

Whatever your reason for filing, it’s safe to assume that you want to win your case. In order to succeed and get the settlement you deserve, you need to make sure you’re avoiding some common mistakes.

Read on to learn about seven things can ruin your car accident lawsuit.

1. Underestimating Your Injuries

One of the biggest mistakes you can make after a car accident lawsuit is underestimating your injuries and neglecting to seek medical care.

Even if you feel okay in the hours or days following an accident, it’s still important to see a doctor as quickly as possible. Remember, sometimes, symptoms don’t show up for a few days after the event.

If you fail to seek treatment right after the accident, you’re sending a message that your injuries are minor or nonexistent. This, in turn, could make it harder for you to get receive compensation for your injuries.

2. Waiting Too Long to Take Action

Another mistake that can negatively affect your lawsuit and personal injury settlement is waiting too long to act after the accident.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed after such an event, but you still need to act quickly if want to win your case. 

Visit a doctor, call your insurance company (and/or the insurance company of the at-fault driver), and start gathering details about the accident right away.

Reach out to a lawyer, too, and start building your case as soon as you can. Otherwise, it will be harder for you to get what you deserve.

3. Giving the Insurance Company Too Much Information

When you’re talking to the insurance adjuster, it’s tempting to give them as many details as possible.

In reality, though, this can end up significantly shrinking the size of your settlement. Remember, it’s the insurance company’s job to save money and pay out as little as possible.

When you’re talking to the insurance company, avoid discussing your injuries, providing a recorded statement, or talking about who was at fault. Instead, just give them the basics.

Wait until you’ve hired a lawyer to go over specifics with the insurance company. He or she will communicate with them on your behalf and ensure you get what you deserve.

4. Neglecting to Gather Evidence

Start gathering evidence as soon as you can after the accident.

Ideally, this will happen immediately after the accident occurs. But, if you can’t do this — perhaps because you had to go to the hospital immediately after — just start as quickly as you can.

Some information you ought to gather regarding the accident includes:

  • Getting names and contact information of witnesses
  • Asking for witness statements
  • Taking pictures of the accident scene
  • Taking pictures of the damage your vehicle sustained and the damage to the other vehicle

Be sure to take a picture of the position of the vehicles when the crash occurred, too.

In addition to gathering this evidence, it’s also important to avoid throwing anything away after the accident. Hang on to prescriptions, medical bills, casts or braces, and even pill bottles. All of these items are evidence of your injuries.

5. Agreeing to a Quick Settlement

Some people feel tempted to agree to a quick settlement because they just want to wrap things up as soon as possible.

It’s true that a car accident lawsuit can be a long and arduous process. But, if you agree to a quick settlement, there’s a good chance you’re not going to get as much money as you deserve. 

If you let an attorney handle your car accident, there’s a good chance that you will get a lot more money than you would if you handled it yourself and agreed to the first settlement you were offered.

6. Signing Forms from the Insurance Company Without an Attorney Present

You know that you shouldn’t talk too much to the insurance company after the accident without an attorney present. But, you also shouldn’t sign any papers without letting your attorney read through them first. 

If you sign papers from the insurance company without having an attorney look over them, you could end up signing away certain legal rights.

Even the most seemingly innocuous documents can negatively affect your case.

For example, signing a medical authorization will give the insurance company the right to review your medical records. And, a financial release form releases the insurance company from additional financial responsibility. 

7. Talking About Your Case on Social Media

Many people also make the mistake of talking about their case on social media.  

This is incredibly risky and can seriously affect your case. There’s a good chance the insurance adjuster may check your social media profiles and try to use what you say against you.

For example, if someone asks how you’re feeling and you say, “fine,” that could be used as evidence to prove that your injuries aren’t that serious. 

It’s also important to be careful about the things you post on social media that aren’t directly related to your accident.

For example, if you post a picture of a vacation, the insurance adjuster could make a case that your life has not been negatively affected by the accident.

To be safe, consider de-activating your social media accounts altogether until everything with the lawsuit is wrapped up.

Need Help Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit?

You now know which mistakes to avoid following a car accident. But, that’s not all you need to know.

There’s still a lot more for you to learn. For example, do you know what you should be doing when filing a car accident lawsuit?

If you need more help with your lawsuit or are unsure of how to proceed, we’re here for you at the Law Office of Scott DeSalvo.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you win your case.

Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  See More >

Liked the Article?  Share It!

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

Related Posts

Page [tcb_pagination_current_page] of [tcb_pagination_total_pages]

Scott DeSalvo, Injury Lawyer - 312-500-4500


I've been helping injured people just like you for my entire 20+ year career in all kinds of injury cases, and I can probably help you, too. You can call me 24/7/365, any time, day or night, to get a free copy of the Injury "Cheat Sheet" which gives you the Five Secrets to winning your injury case. 100% free & no obligation. Or, you can call and ask for a FREE case strategy session where I will answer all of your questions, 100% for free and no obligation. Call 312-500-4500. I look forward to hearing from you!

Get Your FREE Copy of the Injury "Cheat Sheet"

Learn the Secrets YOU Need to Know To Win Your Injury Case!


How to Prove You Are Not At Fault In A Car Accident?

Car Accident Without Insurance Not At Fault? Yes, You CAN Have An Injury Case!

Lawyer Car Accident? What You Need To Look For In A Car Accident Lawyer

Car Accident Lawyer Near Me? When To Hire A Lawyer? Who To Pick?

How Long After Car Accident Can You Claim Injury?

Berwyn Car Accident Lawyers Tell You What to Do In A Car Crash

How Long Does It Take to Get a Settlement Check from A Car Accident?

The Crash Wasn’t Your Fault? How To Handle A Car Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault

Car Accident Settlement? How Long Does It Take To Settle A Car Crash Case?

Car Accident Lawsuit? What Happens If You Lose a Car Accident Lawsuit?

Lawyer For A Car Accident That Wasn’t My Fault? Should I Get One? Do I Need One?

Car Crash Settlement Calculator? Need One? Here You Go.

Auto Accident? Here Are The Steps To Take After Any Auto Accident

What To Do If You Are Injured In A Car Accident

Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer On How To Win Car Accident Cases.

Pedestrian Injury? What To Do If You Got Hit By A Car

Car Accident Lawyer Tells 3 Secrets To Injury Cases

Chicago Personal Injury Attorney? What To Look For If YOU Need An Injury Lawyer

Car Crash Against Allstate? How To Handle An Allstate Car Accident

Chicago Car Crash? 3 Major Factors To Win A Your Car Accident Case

Car Crashes? Weird Tips No One Tell You About Winning Car Crash Cases.

What To Do After a Car Crash (And What Not to Do)

Car Accident Lawyer Chicago Tells You How To Win Your Case

Chicago Car Accident Attorney Can Help You

Call A Car Crash Attorney Chicago If You Got Hurt In A Crash

Hit And Run Or Uninsured Crash? Here’s What To Do.

Getting Help From A Chicago Car Accident Lawyer

Car Accident Against Allstate? How to Win Your Case

Missing Work Because of a Car Crash? Here’s How To Get Paid.

How To Win A Case Against Allstate Car Insurance?

Chicago Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Tells 3 Things You Must Do

Chicago Car Crash Lawyer – The 5 Kinds of Car Crash Cases

Car Accident Settlement Calculator: Figure Out Your Car Crash Case Value

Motor Vehicle Accident: Stay Safe on the Road 4th of July

Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Reveals Common Injuries

Car Accident Question: What To Do When Insurance Will Not Pay?

Chicago Car Accident With A Drunk Driver? Here’s the Scoop!

Stress-Induced Wreck? Chicago Injury Attorneys Can Help

Do You Need an Automobile Injury Attorney?

Car Versus Pedestrian Injury Case? Here’s What You Need To Know.

Personal Injury Attorneys in Chicago Give 7 Smart Tips For Injured People.

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Chicago Accident Lawyers

8 Things You Should Look for in a Chicago Car Accident Attorney

Best Chicago Law Firms? How to Choose After Your Car Accident

In a Car Accident? What You Need To Know.

Auto Accident Claim Process Explained

Car Accident Symptoms? 12 Post Car Crash Symptoms to Watch Out For