If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver in a South Dakota car wreck, state law allows you to file a claim for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. You’re more likely to get fair compensation if you avoid the following common mistakes after your accident.
Failing to Report the Accident
An official police report proves your accident happened. If you leave the scene without reporting the wreck or make a deal to settle for cash with the at-fault driver, you could lose your right to seek further damages even if you have serious health problems later.
Failing to Take Photos and Get Information
Pictures and eyewitness testimony can help your case. Try to take pictures of:
- Your damaged car
- The accident scene
- Your injuries
Ask witnesses for their contact info, but do not discuss your accident or injuries with them.
Delaying Medical Attention
Some injuries aren’t immediately noticeable. A doctor’s exam and X-rays can reveal problems you might not know you have. Getting medical attention right after the accident documents your injuries. Following your doctor’s orders prevents you from being blamed for ignoring medical advice and making your condition worse. Keep a journal of your treatment and pain and suffering, and keep or photograph:
- Crutches or canes
- Empty prescription bottles
- Medical equipment
- Other aids that were part of your treatment
Being Dishonest About Anything
Tell the truth to the police and your lawyer and fill out all forms honestly. Do not hide pre-existing conditions or exaggerate your injuries. Any evidence of dishonesty could hurt your claim and keep you from getting fair compensation. Don’t withhold any information from your lawyer, and don’t discuss your case with anyone else.
Admitting Full or Partial Fault
Sign only the documents police require and answer their questions minimally. Don’t talk to the other driver or to any insurance adjusters. Refer them to your lawyer. Don’t admit fault to anyone or post anything about the accident or your injuries on social media.
Waiting to Contact an Attorney
The best way to avoid crucial mistakes that could hurt your claim is to consult an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call us at 605-306-4100 to schedule a free consultation. You pay no attorney fees until we win your case.