The Top Five Car Accident Mistakes Made By Our Clients

When you suffered an injury and have a personal injury case, don’t make these five simple car accident mistakes that can ruin your case.  Personal injury cases are complicated, and you cannot do a Google search and learn everything you need to know about our legal system.  Unfortunately, many people believe that they can run a quick internet search and handle their own personal injury case, but most clients end up damaging their case by not speaking with our law firm immediately and doing the following five things:

Car Accident Mistakes that Ruin Your Personal Injury Case:

Delaying Medical Treatment:

The most common mistake made by potential clients is delaying their medical treatment. It could be because they are worried about the cost of the medical treatment or because they believe they will just get better, but delaying your medical care is a big mistake.  Insurance companies often argue that you waited too long to go to the doctor and the delay shows that your injury was caused by something else beside the collision.  Receiving medical treatment immediately both helps your condition and documents medical evidence in your case.  Always get checked out by a doctor after an accident, even if you first believe that the pain will go away on its own. 

Failing to Document Evidence:

Did you know that in Georgia, insurance companies can blame you for accidents even when the police did not find you at fault? It’s true.  Many insurance companies will fail to accept liability and pay for your claim even if the police officer believed that you did nothing wrong.  Evidence is key in any personal injury case. It is extremely important for you to document any and all evidence, including taking photographs of the accident scene, obtaining contact information from witnesses, and collecting any relevant documents or records, such as police reports or medical records. This documentation will serve as valuable evidence to support your claim.

Providing Recorded Statements Without Legal Counsel:

Insurance companies often request recorded statements from injured parties shortly after an accident. While it may seem harmless to cooperate, providing a recorded statement without consulting with a personal injury attorney can be very damaging to your case. Insurance adjusters are trained to minimize settlements, and adjusters are trained to ask questions that are a “lose-lose” for you as the injured party.  In most cases, there is no benefit to providing a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company. Without years of experience in personal injury law, most individuals cannot recognize when the adjuster is leading them right into a trap. Always consult with a lawyer before providing any statements to insurance companies and keep in mind that all of your calls are records and could be used against you in court!

Settling Too Quickly:

After an accident or injury, it’s natural to want to resolve the matter as quickly as possible, but you need to stop and ask yourself why the insurance company is so quick to offer me a settlement? Insurance companies do not offer quick settlements to be friendly.  Instead, they offer quick settlements in hopes that you will forever sign away your rights to your case before you learn how serious your injuries are.  It is crucial to consult with a personal injury attorney who can assess the full extent of your damages and negotiate on your behalf to secure a fair settlement. Keep in mind that once you settle, you cannot go back for more money later in most cases.

Neglecting to Hire an Experienced Attorney:

Perhaps the most significant car accident mistakes individuals make in personal injury cases is attempting to navigate the legal process alone or by hiring a lawyer that lacks experience in handling personal injury claims. Personal injury law is complex, and insurance companies employ teams of lawyers to protect themselves. Without knowledgeable legal representation, you risk being taken advantage of and receiving less compensation than you deserve. A quick Google search is not enough to learn everything you need to know about personal injury law. An experienced personal injury attorney will work to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries. At The Coker Accident Lawyers, we have handled thousands of car accident cases and are always up to date on the constantly changing personal injury laws.


In conclusion, avoiding these common car accident mistakes can significantly enhance your chances of success in a personal injury case. By seeking prompt medical treatment, documenting evidence, consulting with an attorney before providing statements, carefully evaluating settlement offers, and retaining a skilled attorney, you can protect your rights and pursue the compensation that you deserve. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to give us a call at the Coker Accident Lawyers. We are here to help!

Key Takeaways:

  • Failing to get immediate medical treatment opens you up to arguments that your injuries are not related to the accident.
  • Documentation is critical after an accident even if the police officer says you are not at fault since insurance companies can still deny liability.
  • Giving a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company can only damage your case and really provides no benefit to you.
  • The insurance company’s quick settlement offer after an accident is designed to lock you into closing your case before you know your true injuries.
  • Even a detailed Google search is not enough to learn everything you need to know to handle your own case without a lawyer.
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