If you have been involved in a car accident that was caused by another party, chances are, you are suing for damages and possibly even injuries. However, insurance companies are known to provide very little for compensation because they obviously don't want to pay a ton of money if they don't have to. This is why it's important to know these four tips to ensure that you actually end up getting the best settlement that will actually cover your costs:
- Stay and Collect Evidence if You Can: If you don't need to be rushed to the hospital for injuries, be sure that you stay on the scene to ensure that all evidence is gathered. This includes witness statements. If someone pulls over, be sure that they stay to provide a witness statement to police. You also want to take pictures of the scene and when you do end up going to the hospital, being sure that you save all medical documentation.
- Be Aware of Investigators: If the insurance company is fighting your claim, you need to be aware that they have probably hired investigators to help disprove your claim. This is why it's so important that you are going to your doctor appointments, getting the repairs that are needed along with quotes for those repairs on your vehicle, and not doing anything that you believe could tarnish your case. This includes posting certain things on social media. Insurance companies have a way to see it even if you make it private.
- Do Not Give a Recorded Statement: In fact, it's better to hire an attorney to talk to the insurance company for you. This way, you don't end up giving any kind of statement, especially a recorded one that could be used against you later on. Your attorney will know how to handle talking to the insurance company in a way that won't give away any important information that can be used to the insurance company's advantage.
- Stay in Contact With Your Attorney: Even though you have hired an attorney, you don't want to leave the case simply up to them. Be sure that you keep in constant contact with your attorney on the progress of your case. Your attorney can also provide advice that will help you get through this time without compromising your case.
With these four tips, you are much more likely to get a settlement amount for your car accident that you are happy with and will actually cover the costs. Contact an attorney like Carl L. Britt, Jr. for more information and assistance.Share