Costly mistakes can damage your auto accident case
Being involved in an auto accident can be traumatic. It’s important to be calm. Certain mistakes could cost you thousands in medical expenses and lost wages. Here are some important tips for getting compensated:
CALL THE POLICE
This accident report is a crucial part of your case. The responding officer will document how the accident happened, the damage, and any injuries. The officer will gather contact and insurance information from the drivers. The officer’s opinion concerning the cause of the accident could help prove who was at fault.
DO NOT ADMIT FAULT
Do not apologize or admit fault. If you are contacted by the insurance company of the other driver or their attorney, do not give a statement. Your words will be used against you. Discuss the accident only with the police and your insurance company and stick to the facts.
SEE A DOCTOR SOON
Visit a doctor and get an examination. Your doctor will diagnose and document your injuries. Do not assume that your injuries are minor. Soft-tissue injuries often take days to develop. You may suffer a concussion or other injury of which you are unaware. Your pre-existing injury or condition may be aggravated by the accident. Delaying the examination will make it harder to prove and compensate your injuries.
BEWARE OF SETTLING WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY
Accepting an offer of quick payment could benefit the insurance company more than you. The payment may not cover all of your loss. It also means giving up your right to sue.
TALK TO AN ATTORNEY
Before you sign anything, contact an attorney. This could substantially increase your compensation. Your attorney can negotiate medical bills that must be paid from your compensation. This could mean more money for you. Don’t settle for less. Even if you think that a settlement offer is fair, ask a car accident attorney first.
James M. Perry represents Alabama residents who have been injured due to the negligence of motorists, trucking companies and other parties. If you were involved in a car accident, call us at 205-776-1203 to schedule a free consultation with no obligation to you.
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