Car accidents happen every day on local and national roadways, whether it is a fender bender or a serious collision. During the moments right after a car accident, there’s a chance you might not be fully aware of what to do and what not to do at the scene of an accident. Here are a few things you do not want to do after a car accident.
Do Not Wait to get medical treatment
If you are involved in a car accident and you wait to receive medical treatment for possible injuries, it will reflect badly on your personal injury claim and give the insurance company leverage for a smaller settlement. By waiting to seek medical attention, the legitimacy of your injury claims has been brought into question. If you are injured, play it safe and see a medical professional after your accident to not only protect your health but also to properly document the injuries sustained.
Do Not Give a Statement Until You Know All the Facts
If there is any question as to who is at fault in causing an accident, do not give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company. Doing so could not help you, but it can hurt you if you say the wrong thing in the wrong way. Remember the insurance adjusters has a full-time job and that job is to pay you as little as possible, they are not your friends. They have been trained to ask certain questions to get you to answer the wrong way. Through no fault of your own, you could hurt your claim by giving a statement to the insurance company without the advice of a personal injury attorney.
Do Not Settle Your Claim Quickly
While it may seem appealing to obtain the money from your settlement faster, it is not recommended to settle your car accident claim before you have completely recovered from your injuries, or have received a prognosis for the future. Medical treatments for injuries can often last much longer than anticipated, resulting in numerous medical expenses. It is best to wait until you have completed your treatment and are back to normal before you settle, or you may find yourself with medical bills that are above and beyond your settlement amount. If you do not fully recover, but you receive prognosis for the future, it will enable to the settlement to account for all future expenses brought on by your condition, including future procedures, doctor visits, physical and occupational therapy sessions, and more.
2 Things You Should Do After Your Car Accident
Now that you are aware of the major things you should not do after a car accident, here are two things that you should do – receive medical attention and seek legal advice from a personal injury attorney.
If you have been injured in a car accident, don’t sign or say anything. Contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. Attorney Charles V. Contrada will explain your legal options, guide you through the process.
To speak to attorney Charles V. Contrada about a personal injury accident in Ohio or Michigan, call 419.841.4400. Charles has helped thousands of individuals with personal injury claims and will explain the legal options that are available to you. Call Contrada & Associates for comprehensive legal guidance that will help you to receive the most favorable outcome.