5 Things You Should Not Do After An Car Accident
Driving is the most convenient method to get around. Whether you are driving to work, school, or even taking a road trip, your vehicle is one of the most dependable ways to get where you are going. Unfortunately, car accidents happen, and luckily, most are minor. However, some crashes are severe and cause serious injuries to drivers and passengers.
The majority of people know what to do after an accident, like call the police and get contact information. Some people might not know that, If you are in an accident, the negligent driver should pay for your medical bills and other damages. Here are a few things you should not do to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
1. Do Not Trust the Other Driver to Pay for Damages
Sometimes the driver responsible for the crash try to avoid police contact and that insurance company. They may tell you that they will pay for your damages without getting the insurance company involved. Most of the time, this does not work out. They might try to ignore your calls right after the incident. Even if they pay for the damages of the vehicle, it might be a low amount that does not cover everything. They also most likely will not pay for any injuries you may have. Always call the police to file a police report at the time of the accident.
2. Do Not Wait to Go to the Doctor
Accidents are stressful and traumatic. You may not know how severe your injury right away. With the shock of the accident and adrenalin rushing through the body, you might not feel any pain right away. Pain and injuries can get worse days after the accident. It is crucial to get checked by a medical professional right away to get proper treatment for any unseen injuries that you may have.
3. Do Not Apologize
Your first instinct may be to say you are sorry immediately. The other driver and their insurance company may take this as an admission of guilt. They may argue that an innocent person will not apologize. That simple apology could cost you thousands of dollars in money you need to recover from your injuries.
4. Do Not Talk to the Insurance Company alone
To get compensated after an accident, you must file an insurance claim. If you end up filing by yourself, some insurance companies might give you a minimal amount and close the case. When you hire an attorney, their team will work vigorously to negotiate with the insurance companies to get you additional compensation for:
- Future medical costs
- Lost wages from work
- Pain and suffering
- Vehicle repair costs
- And much more
5. Do Not Accept a Lowball Settlement
After a car accident, the insurance company may quickly offer you a settlement. The insurance company is big business, and they try to save as much money as possible. The first settlement offer is often too low. Some insurance companies might even send you a check without any negotiations. If you cash it or agree to the settlement, you will waive your rights to future legal action. Instead, contact Attorneys For All to ensure that you receive fair compensation that adequately covers the expenses from the accident.
It is imperative to contact an attorney before calling the insurance company. If you or a loved one has been in an accident, make sure to contact a trusted and experienced attorney. Our network of attorneys have years of experience dealing with accidents and personal injuries. They will negotiate with insurance companies to get you the medical help you need, cover expenses of your damaged vehicle, and get you the compensation you deserve. CALL US ANYTIME (281) 475-4535 or fill out a consultation form here to start the process.