The moments following a Maryland car crash may be stressful and chaotic, but the strength of your personal injury claims depends to some extent on the steps you take in the aftermath. There are certain steps you should always take after a crash, such as securing the other driver’s personal and insurance information. However, there are also certain things you should never do when navigating a personal injury claim.
Per the National Law Review, doing any of the following after an injury-involved car crash may make it more difficult for you to get compensation from the party you feel is responsible for it.
Misjudging the severity of your injuries
Sometimes, injuries suffered in car crashes do not become obvious or apparent until sometime later. For example, you may feel sore after a wreck, but you may not realize until sometime later that the soreness is a result of a more serious sprain or strain. Underestimating the severity of your injuries may come back to bite you.
Waiting too long to file a claim
Another common error many people make following a car crash is waiting too long to file a personal injury claim. In Maryland, you have three years to file a claim from the date the injuries occurred. If you do not meet this deadline, you are not going to have a legal leg to stand on.
Other common mistakes people make when navigating personal injury claims include admitting fault, neglecting to gather sufficient evidence from the crash scene and accepting an insurance company’s first settlement offer, among others.