What are common mistakes victims make when filing a car accident claim in Florida?

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Oftentimes after a car accident victims are burdened with overwhelming circumstances such as expensive medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. If you have been injured in a car accident due to another person’s negligence, you are legally entitled to file a claim against that negligent party to seek financial compensation for your economic and noneconomic damages. However, there are certain mistakes you could make that could jeopardize your case. In the unfortunate event that you have been injured in a car accident as a result of another person’s negligence, please read on and contact an experienced Port St. Lucie Car Accident Lawyer who can help you seek monetary compensation for your losses.

What should I not do after a car accident in Florida?

There are certain things you should not do after a car accident as it could jeopardize your case. After a car accident, you should refrain from doing the following:

Do not leave the scene of the accident 

It is critical to remain at the scene of the accident long enough to notify law enforcement officers of the accident as well as file a police report. You should file a police report as it documents the accident. In addition, you should gather any witnesses’ contact information as they can help corroborate your claim.

Do not speak to insurance adjusters 

After a car accident, the negligent party’s insurance company will approach you in an attempt to get you to reveal information they can use against you. It is imperative to refrain from speaking to an insurance adjuster as they are not on your side. Do not make any statements that could hurt your case.

Do not talk about your injuries on social media

You should not post anything on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, or any other online platforms after a car accident. Any photographs or videos you upload can be used against you to discredit your claim. Insurance companies will investigate your claim which means they will look at your social media accounts. Avoid posting anything on social media until after the case is resolved as anything you share could contradict your claim.

Failing to file within the right time frame 

In Florida, if you have been injured in a car accident you have four years from the date of the accident to file a claim against a negligent party to seek monetary compensation for your damages. Although you are legally entitled to file a claim at any point within those four years, it is important to file as soon as possible. If you fail to meet this deadline, you will be barred from ever recovering financial compensation for your losses.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident due to negligence, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our dedicated team members. Our firm is committed to helping our clients seek financial compensation for their economic and noneconomic damages.