According to car insurance industry statistics, the average person will get in a car accident every 17.9 years. It’s not something anyone likes to think about, but being prepared with the knowledge of what to do in advance can help the experience be less stressful.
The first thing you have to think about immediately after an accident is who you should and should not talk to. Read on for our advice.
While it may be commonplace to share our lives online these days, this is one area you’ll want to keep mum on for the time being. Insurance adjusters can track your social media accounts and use the information against you in a settlement.
Insurance companies sometimes have agents call and question the other party in order to trick them into saying something that could lessen or eliminate a settlement. Direct them toward your own insurance agent or lawyer instead.
The first person you should call after a car accident is the police. As we noted in our last blog post, even if there are no injuries and the accident isn’t severe, reporting the accident is the only way you can have an official record of the accident.
The other person or people involved may seem nice, but you have no guarantee of being able to get ahold of them after everyone leaves the scene of the crime. Do yourself a favor and call the police right away.
Bumps and bruises are typical in a car accident, but getting a full physical afterwards can spot any problems that could be more severe. Injuries that lead to time off from work, temporary or even permanent disability may mean you’re entitled to money to help offset the costs of recovery and lost wages.
Getting an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible after an accident will ensure that you don’t have any hidden injuries that could get worse as well as provide proper, official documentation of your injuries from the accident.
If you’ve been in an accident, you should notify your insurance company so that they can be prepared when the other party’s insurance company calls. They’re going to learn about it one way or another, so it’s best that the information come from you.
Whether you believe the other party is at fault or not, talking to a personal injury lawyer can help make sure you’re protected. If you are owed money, a lawyer can help you jump through the legal and bureaucratic hoops required to get you a fair settlement. If you’re being sued for personal injury, a lawyer can ensure you’re not gouged for money you shouldn’t have to pay.
There’s no getting around it — a car accident is stressful and often times traumatic. But a personal injury attorney can make the aftermath less so. If you’ve been in a car accident, let us help. At Grover Law, we will do everything in our power to get you fair compensation as quickly and affordably as possible. Give us a call, or visit our website for more information.