A car accident can leave you with serious injuries and property damage. If you are involved in a car accident that has been occasioned by another party’s reckless actions, you may file a car accident lawsuit against the at-fault party so you can recover the damages due to you.
However, while pursuing your claim, it is important that you steer clear of legal mistakes that can hurt your case. Here are some of these mistakes:
Failing to call the police
It is important that you notify the police if you are involved in a car accident. In fact, Louisiana law requires that you report a car accident that results in death, injury or property damage worth $500 or more.
Law enforcement officers are trained to investigate car accidents and compile reports based on who they believe was at-fault. This police report can also be an invaluable resource when litigating your case or pursuing your claim.
It is not uncommon for a car accident victim to try to withhold or misrepresent certain facts regarding the accident with the goal of making claims they do not deserve. If the insurance company finds this out, they may challenge your credibility and dismiss your claim. Misrepresentation of facts on your pre-existing or current injury can also ruin your claim.
Failing to file your claim in time
Every state has a time period within which car accident victims can pursue their claims against the at-fault party. This is known as the statute of limitations. In Louisiana, you are required to file your car accident claim within one year from the date of the wreck. You risk losing your right to compensation if you miss this deadline.
Settling a car accident claim can be a long and arduous process. It is important to avoid mistakes that can ruin your claim and prevent you from getting the settlement you deserve.