Being involved in an auto accident can be a traumatic experience, especially
if someone gets hurt. It’s easy to become flustered or overwhelmed,
but you should know that how you handle the aftermath of an accident will
play a critical role in your ability to recover compensation. The other
party’s insurance company will look for any excuse to minimize your
claim, so it is critical that you take steps to safeguard your rights
at the outset of your case – which, in this case, would be right
after the accident.
Mistake #1: Waiting Too Long to Seek Medical Attention
If your car accident is more serious than a minor fender-bender, seek medical
attention right away. Just because you can’t see or feel an injury
doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. Some injury-related symptoms
can take days, weeks or even months to appear, but you shouldn’t
wait until then to see your doctor. Not only could this affect your health
and well-being, but it could affect your
If you wait too long to seek medical attention, the other party’s
insurance company will jump at the chance to say that your injuries weren’t
actually caused by the accident – or better yet, that you couldn’t
possibly be as injured as you have claimed to be. For this reason, it
would be in your best interest to get checked out by a doctor immediately
after you’ve been involved in an accident.
Mistake #2: Speaking to the Other Driver’s Insurance Company
If the other driver was at fault for your
car accident, it won’t be long before their insurance company starts to call.
Most of the time, they will ask you to give a recorded statement about
the accident. You have the right to decline – and you should, until
you have spoken to your own personal injury attorney. They are not looking
out for your best interests, so you should refrain from speaking to an adjuster.
Their goal is to settle your claim as quickly as possible, for as little
money as possible. The questions they ask may seem harmless, but you should
know that your answers could unintentionally jeopardize your claim. Insurance
adjusters are trained to get the answers they want out of accident victims,
so it is recommended that you direct them to your lawyer before saying
anything about the accident.
Mistake #3: Failing to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
One of the most important steps that you can take after being injured in
a motor vehicle accident is to speak with a lawyer. The insurance company
doesn’t want you to hire legal representation, which is why they
may be quick to offer you a settlement; however, that doesn’t mean
that you have to accept. You may be entitled to more, so you should not
hesitate to explore your options with an attorney.
Statistics show that accident victims are able to recover, on average,
up to three times more money when they hire legal representation. Why?
Because they have an experienced advocate in their corner who knows how
the insurance company operates. Don’t settle your claim for less
than what you deserve. Let the Charleston injury attorneys at Preston
& Salango, PLLC fight for your rights.
Preston & Salango, PLLC Has Recovered Millions for Past Clients
Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident? Don’t wait to
contact our firm for a free, no-obligation consultation. With more than four decades of
combined legal experience and more than $50,000,000.00 recovered for past
clients, Preston & Salango, PLLC is well-equipped to handle your claim
with the level of expertise that it requires. We also handle all personal
injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t
pay unless we favorably resolve your claim.
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