Car Accident Lawyer
The moments after an auto wreck can be painful and dizzying, as you assess your injuries and call 911 for help. We are often taught what we should do in the event of a car accident, but maybe we should know what not to do as well. If we become victims in a vehicular collision, it will be important that we don’t hinder our own chances at fair and just compensation. Here are examples of what not to do after a car accident:
You must stay at the scene long enough to get the other driver’s information, such as their name, current address, phone number, insurance carrier, policy number, driver’s license number, license plate number, and vehicle make/model/year. If you leave without doing so, it will be harder to track down the driver later and pursue compensation for your injuries, damages, and other losses.
Contrary to what some may think, you should always call 911 about a car accident, even if no one seems visibly hurt. A police officer will arrive and file a report of what happened using factual assessments. This report will have useful information about the accident, such as description of how it happened, names and contact of relevant parties, and road or weather conditions. A copy of this report can be requested at your local law enforcement office.
Accepting a low settlement offer.
Remember that insurance companies are for-profit entities, and may go to great lengths to avoid paying out for a victim who deserves fair restitution. The first offer you receive from an insurance company is likely to be vastly less than what your claim is worth. And to add insult to injury, the insurance company already knows the value of your claim, but is hoping you’ll settle for much less.
As our Car Accident Lawyer associates from Therman Law Offices, LTD would agree with, there are things you should do and others you should be sure to avoid, when it comes to handling the aftermath of a serious auto accident.