What Are The Most Common Mistakes When Filing a Car Accident Claim?

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Studies show that there are over 140,000 car accidents in South Carolina every year. These collisions can cause serious injury. Thankfully, our state practices fault-based laws when it comes to auto accidents, meaning the at-fault driver is responsible for covering all damages. The negligent driver’s insurance doesn’t always cover all the expenses, so some victims choose to file personal injury claims to win further compensation for their injuries. However, some worry about making mistakes when filing their accident claim. No need to panic because our knowledgeable law firm is here to help! Continue reading to learn how a Darlington County, South Carolina Car Accident Lawyer can provide individualized legal counseling.

What Are the Most Commonly Made Mistakes When Filing a Car Accident Injury Claim in South Carolina?

Some victims make the mistake of leaving the scene of the accident too soon. Always wait until law enforcement has arrived to interview everyone involved in the accident (including witnesses) and file an official police report. The officers will determine who or what caused the accident. Since you’ll need to prove the other driver’s negligent actions led to the accident, you’ll need a copy of the police report for your personal injury claim. Don’t make the mistake of not collecting and keeping all the evidence you’ll need. If possible, you’ll also want witness statements and hospital records detailing your injuries.

When Should I File My Claim?

When it comes to personal injury cases, you should always file as soon as you are able to. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years in South Carolina. This means that you have two years from the date of your accident to file your claim. However, you’ll want to give your attorney ample time to gather and analyze evidence for your case. Increase your chances of winning by working on your claim shortly after the accident occurs.

Should I Avoid Social Media?

Yes, you should definitely avoid posting on social media after filing your car accident injury claim. The at-fault driver’s insurance company and/or legal team will search for any evidence that might indicate that you’re faking or exaggerating your injuries. Nowadays, social media is one of the first places that they’ll check. Our law firm recommends avoiding all of your social media accounts as much as possible until your case is officially settled in court. It’s always best not to speak publically about the accident or your injuries because what you say can be held against you in the courtroom.

Have you recently been injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligent actions? You might want to speak with a dedicated personal injury attorney to discuss your best options. Thankfully, James Law Office is here to fight for you! Contact our highly effective team today for an initial consultation.

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