A car accident can lead to serious injuries. If you are injured in an accident, you can file a personal injury claim with the driver’s insurance company. The following tips are designed to help you build a strong car accident claim so you can get fair compensation for your damages.
Stay Away from Social Media
In any serious injury case, defense attorneys will check your social media and Facebook page. Remember, you need to understand that things you post on social media, like Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok, may one day end up in front of a jury. This includes any images you are posting online.
Claims adjusters and insurance defense attorneys will be checking your Facebook page for things they can use to try to mitigate the damages and ultimately reduce the amount of compensation you are entitled to. You should stay off social media as much as possible. Although you may not be able to delete what you have already posted, you can try not to do so while your injury case is pending.
Be careful about submitting forms to your own insurance company and your health insurance company. Everything you write will be closely scrutinized. There are some cases where errors or omissions in an insurance policy can render your policy void due to fraud. This will eliminate your ability to obtain insurance benefits to cover the costs of your injury and property damage to your vehicle.
Get Medical Treatment
Do not refuse medical attention once you are involved in a crash. After an accident, your adrenaline and blood will be charging. Adrenaline subdues pain and can even mask serious injuries. You only have one chance to receive medical attention immediately after a collision. Don’t be a tough guy. Let the paramedics and doctors decide the severity of the injury.
Hire an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
You should be aware that most states have very specific reporting provisions that you must adhere to, or you will lose all ability to collect compensation for your injury. For example, if you are suing the government or a government entity, such as a post office or police department, you must meet certain service requirements. If you are trying to get benefits from your own insurance company, most of them have specific reporting requirements depending on the type of incident you were involved in.
For example, if you are hit by a hit-and-run driver or an uninsured motorist, there may be an entirely different notification requirement that you must meet compared to standard liability insurance coverage claims. Some notification requirements can be as low as 30 days. Most attorneys are nice people and are happy to talk to you. They will help you win your case.