Taking Legal Action after a Car Accident? 3 Mistakes to Avoid


No one gets behind the wheel of their car in the morning and expects to get into an accident. Unfortunately, it can happen one day. If you find yourself in this situation, you may decide to pursue legal action against the at-fault individual. When you do this, though, things can get complicated. Here are a few mistakes that you will absolutely want to make sure that you avoid:

Mistake #1: Lying

While this first mistake is somewhat obvious, many people do it anyway. You should never lie about anything when it comes to a car accident lawsuit. No matter what the circumstances are regarding your car accident, you shouldn't lie, whether about the facts of the accident or your injuries. Otherwise, your lawsuit may be thrown out of court and your lawsuit will be unsuccessful, which means that you will not recover financial remuneration. As soon as the accident occurs, document the details as honestly and accurately as possible. You will be able to look back at these notes later down the road in the event that you can't remember something 100 percent. You may try to block out unpleasant memories forget the fine details of what happened when you try to look back, but these notes can help you recall the facts.

Mistake #2: Creating Self-Sabotaging Social Media Posts

When you decide to file a lawsuit after a car accident, it is usually best if you stay off of social media. This is because you may post something incriminating about your case—even if it is by accident. For example, you might post something that makes it appear that you aren't as injured as you claim to be. Another example is that you might reveal confidential information concerning your lawsuit settlement, which could essentially invalidate your settlement altogether. A final example would be threatening another party involved in the lawsuit.

Mistake #3: Failing to Pay Attention to the Statute of Limitations

When it comes to car accidents, there are statutes of limitations that must be followed. You have so long after suffering an injury in a car accident to actually file a legal claim after the at-fault party. If you do not file within the period of time that has been determined by your state, you lose the right to file and recover monetary damages. This time period will vary from state to state, so it is important that you speak to a legal professional to determine what your state's statute of limitations is to ensure that you file before it is too late.

For further help, find a personal injury attorney through a firm like Clearfield & Kofsky.


17 May 2016

Accident Victims Must Stick Together

When I was injured in a slip and fall accident a few years ago, my family and friends had a hard time relating to the things I was going through. While some people thought that my decision to file a lawsuit was frivolous, others were under the impression that I would walk away as a millionaire. Their lack of personal experience with this type of legal problem left me feeling alone during one of the most difficult times in my life. That is why I decided to start this blog so that accident victims from all over would have somewhere to come to get the information and support that they need. I truly hope that this page can be that place for you.