Driving is one of the most dangerous things we do. According to the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration, more than 2 million Americans are injured in a car accident each year.
Even a minor car accident has the potential to cause problems in your life. The good news is that you don’t have to deal with the fallout alone. If you or a loved one are injured in a motor accident, you have the right to compensations needed to help you recover. Contacting a personal injury lawyer can help you start the road to recovery by securing the justice you’re owed.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE CAR ACCIDENT?
After a car accident, you can expect to deal with insurance companies, auto repair shops, and healthcare providers. It can seem chaotic and frustrating, but this is when you need to be mindful of key details. This will help strengthen your position in dealing with insurance and personal injury claims.
Following the accident, make sure you get the other person’s information as soon as possible. If you’re uninjured, take a few photos of both vehicles. Try to have photos that indicate the extent of the damage. Depending on the severity of the accident, you may want to contact the police in order for them to make a report and render proper assistance. If the accident happened on a Wyoming Highway, then Highway Patrol should make a report. When the officer or investigator arrives, be sure you explain what happened in detail, including whether you were injured. Try to note the name of the trooper who assists you for future reference.
Afterward, you should make a few final notes on what you remember from the collision while it’s still fresh in your mind. If you seek and receive medical care, make notes of your treatment. Documenting how the accident affects you physically, mentally, and emotionally will help define the scope of your injury and justify any compensation. If you’re experiencing any related injury, contact a legal professional as soon as you can. Time is running against you here. Acting swiftly and decisively will determine how you recoup from the accident.
BE CAREFUL WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
After the accident, you’ll probably want to let people know you’re alright and share your experiences on social media. You need to careful with how you share accident-related information online. Saying something like “I’m totally fine, really” while, in reality, you are pursuing a personal injury case, could serve to discredit your claim. Even if such language is meant to be positive and reassuring, even forgiving, insurance companies can use this against your personal injury claim. They may use this text as proof that you’re exaggerating your injury or that you don’t need the compensation to recover from the experience. Don’t let that happen. If issues like this do occur, we can help defend your claim.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO ABOUT FILING AN INSURANCE CLAIM?
Again, you’ll want to get the other driver’s information, including their insurance carrier. Make sure you notify your own carrier to keep them in the loop; depending on your insurance plan they may reach out to the driver’s insurance company themselves. Assuming the other driver is at fault and has insurance, you should send your medical bills to their carrier, even if you have your own health insurance.
Consulting with an attorney will help you choose the best course of action to address your injury. Check out our article on whether you need an attorney to help with the insurance company.
IF INJURED, SHOULD YOU ATTEMPT TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY?
Here’s the short answer: If the other driver is at fault, you should be able to get their insurance company to write you a check.
However, it’ll likely be a small check that won’t fully compensate you for your injuries. Unfortunately, this is the norm. Freeburg Law has extensive experience with this exact situation. Every single time someone has come to us with an offer from an insurance company, we’ve been able to substantially increase it.
If you have any medical bills or need for ongoing care, get an attorney involved. Your attorney should increase the value of your settlement, the amount of money you receive, by more than their percentage. Therefore, you’ll walk away with more money because of your attorney. If we can’t do this for you, we won’t take a fee. Period.
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