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Common Pitfalls after a Car Accident, and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Charles Gilman | Mar 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you have been involved in a car accident in Philadelphia, it's important to know what to do to protect your rights and ensure your best chances of a successful personal injury claim. It's just as important, however, to know what not to do after an accident.

Be Careful with Social Media

In this day and age, social media has become a large part of many people's lives. If you are active on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other social media platform, think very carefully about what you post about your accident. Excessive posting on social media can come back to haunt you if you are in the middle of a personal injury claim. It's best to keep involvement with social media to a minimum after your accident, as even the most innocent post can be misconstrued. Also, keep your privacy settings in mind after your accident--if your social media pages are public, you can almost guarantee that an insurance adjuster will be searching for you on social media to see what incriminating posts you may have made. 

Be Wary of Statutes of Limitations

If you have been injured in a Philadelphia car accident, it's important to contact a personal injury attorney quickly. Laws called "statutes of limitations" place a limit on the amount of time a person has to file a claim. These statutes of limitations aren't universal but instead vary from state to state.

In Pennsylvania, a person has two years from the date of the accident to file a claim against the at-fault party. This may seem like plenty of time, but it's important to remember that a successful personal injury claim has a lot of moving parts. Acting quickly in finding an attorney after a car accident can ensure that your attorney has adequate time to examine your case and determine the best steps to take based on the individual circumstances of your accident. 

Don't Fall for a Quick Settlement

When you are involved in a car accident that was caused by another person, it's safe to assume that you will hear from the other driver's insurance company relatively quickly with a settlement offer. No matter how appealing the settlement offer may sound, it's always important to speak with a personal injury attorney before accepting any early settlement. Insurance carriers dole out early settlement offers, hoping that an accident victim will accept the settlement before they have the time to fully assess the extent of their injuries. Once a settlement has been accepted, there is no going back to the insurance company for more money, even if you discover that your injuries are more severe than you originally thought. 

Involved in a Philadelphia Car Accident? We Can Help 

If you've been injured in a car accident in Philadelphia, the team of personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian is standing by to help you with your personal injury claim. When you are equipped with a Gilman & Bedigian attorney, you can rest easy knowing that your claim is being defended by a seasoned personal injury attorney with the experience needed to obtain a favorable settlement. To speak with a member of our legal team about your accident, fill out an online contact form or call (800) 529-6162 today. 

About the Author

Charles Gilman

As managing partner and co-founder of Gilman & Bedigian, it is my mission to help our clients recover and get their lives back on track. I strongly believe that every person who is injured by a wrongful act deserves compensation, and I will do my utmost to bring recompense to those who need and deserve it.

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