You’re driving along I-285, enjoying the sunny day and thinking about the great afternoon you had at work. Suddenly, someone swerves into your lane. Before you have time to react, you’re in a car accident. Your great day just took a turn for the worse.
This is an unfortunate situation for anybody. However, if you keep three important points in mind, it can make your bad situation more manageable – so you can get on with your life as quickly as possible.
There is no way to avoid an insurance company. The thing is, insurance companies want your money. They definitely do not want to pay out in the event that you have an accident. For this reason, they will find ways to turn things around so you are left high and dry at an already stressful time.
Although not all insurance companies abide by such shady practices, it is always a good idea to hire a personal injury attorney to deal with your insurance company, just in case.
If you are in a car accident, don’t rely on the other person to do the right thing. A simple exchange of information on a scrap of paper is not enough for you to receive the compensation you deserve. Get as much information about the accident as possible, including photos of all vehicles, names of witnesses and police at the scene. Often getting all that information is difficult for someone who has just been in a car crash. To make it easier, our firm has created a Smartphone app to simplify the process. Click here to download our free app, with helpful phone numbers, instructions and more!
If you speak with any insurance company, be sure you only state the bare facts. If they ask for more information, tell them you will have to contact your attorney first. Never try to determine who was at fault and definitely never admit that you were at fault. Even if you believe you were at fault, this information should be discussed with your attorney first. An attorney can point out mitigating circumstances you may not be aware of.
Never tell an insurance company that you are not injured. Even if you feel fine immediately after an accident, problems could arise hours or even days after an accident. Additionally, never share your medical history with an insurance company. Also, never estimate the cost of damages. Leave the estimation to a professional or you could end up shortchanging yourself.
Even the safest driver on the road can be the victim of an accident. For this reason, it is always important to have the contact information for an experienced personal injury lawyer readily available. That’s because:
If you have been injured in a car accident, don’t know who was at fault, or are being pressured into a quick settlement or undercompensated for your accident, talk to a personal injury attorney for help getting the compensation you deserve.