4 Things NOT to Do When Making an Accident Claim
If you’ve been hurt in a car wreck, then making an accident claim against the other driver is important. It can earn you the compensation you deserve to cover your car repairs, your medical bills, and any other expenses you have accrued as a result of the accident or injury.
Unfortunately, most drivers aren’t well-versed in accident claims, and they often make mistakes that could cost them not just a portion of their compensation – but all of it. If you’re making an accident claim, be careful not to make these common errors that could hurt you:
- DO NOT admit fault in any way. Don’t ever say “sorry,” “oops,” or anything similar. When you say these things, in a roundabout way, you’re taking some level of fault in the accident even if that’s not what you intended. And if you’re thought to be at fault by the insurance companies, you’ll end up footing the bill for the entire wreck yourself!
- DO NOT give a statement to the other driver’s insurance agency without first talking to a lawyer. The other driver’s insurance company is going to want to talk to you and get a recorded statement of your side of the story. Never agree to this without first talking to a lawyer. The insurer is simply trying to catch you admitting fault or making an error in your story so they can pin the blame on you. A lawyer can help prepare you properly for this type of statement so you won’t hurt your claim.
- DO NOT lose track of receipts or bills. If you go to the doctor, get a rental car, or take your vehicle into the shop, be sure to save each and every one of your itemized bills. These will be used to calculate exactly how much your claim is worth.
- DO NOT settle for less than your claim is worth. Often, the effects car accidents can be hard to calculate, financially. The injuries, the damages, the lost wages, the pain and suffering – all of these things can be difficult to assign a value to and total up. In the end, this means many drivers end up settling for much less than their claim is actually worth. If you want to avoid this, always be sure to hire an experienced attorney who can ensure that you’re getting all the money you’re rightfully due.
Are you considering making an accident claim for your recent wreck? Then contact The Snow Law Firm today. Our expert lawyers can help.