WHAT NOT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
Hopefully, you know what steps to take if you are ever in a car accident. You, or anyone injured in the wreck, should seek medical attention if necessary, call the police, exchange insurance information with the other driver and if possible, safely move your vehicle to the side of the road to avoid further incident. Be proactive and make sure you take photos or videos of any vehicle damage in order to document what happened so you do not forget the details of the wreck later. These are all things you should do.
There are however, some things you should not do after a car accident. In this article, we’ll learn of five things NOT to do after a car accident. Avoid these ill-advised mistakes and you should be back on the road in no time flat — with a little extra knowledge and experience under your belt too.
1. DON’T GIVE ANY STATEMENTS (RECORDED OR WRITTEN) TO THE OTHER DRIVER’S INSURANCE COMPANY
Hire your attorney. His or her job is, in part, to deal directly with the insurance company regarding your personal injury claim. Don’t be swayed by the insurance adjuster sounding friendly on the phone, remember they have no duty to look out for your best interests. Your attorney holds that duty to you. Don’t believe the commercials. Insurance companies are not “good neighbors” and you are definitely not “in good hands”. They are not in the business of fairly compensating people that have been injured by their drivers. Keep in mind that despite what the insurance company tells you, you are under no obligation to give a written or recorded statement to them.
2. DON’T ADMIT LIABILITY
And why is it important to not give a recorded statement? Because you do not EVER want to admit liability. When police arrive on the scene, make sure you accurately describe the facts of the accident and how it happened, but you don’t need to reach any conclusions as who contributed or caused the wreck at that time. Liability will be determined later with more complete facts are known and statements are taken and compared by the police and attorneys. By admitting the accident was your fault – in any way – no matter how minor you believe your “faulty” actions may have been, you are essentially accepting complete responsibility for an accident. That is because in North Carolina, where contributory negligence is the law of the land, even 1% responsibility on your end will result in the complete denial of your claim.
3. DON’T SIGN ANY DOCUMENTS
Another thing you should definitely NOT do is sign any documents without first consulting an attorney. The insurance company for the at-fault driver and their lawyers will act swiftly to obtain evidence to defend the wrongdoer against your case. Again, the insurance companies are not in the business of giving injured victims proper compensation! That is NOT how they make money. Their sole purpose is to move your claim along as quickly as possible, for as little as possible. Don’t let the insurance company pressure you into a quick settlement by signing documents before you fully understand what you are signing. Once you have signed paperwork resolving your claim, it is closed – forever. It does not matter if you have complications months later as a result of the accident, once you’ve signed, your claim is over. Let us help.
At Benoit Law Firm, we use the tools and resources at our disposal to ensure that you are properly compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages, future medical expenses and pain and suffering. Hiring the right lawyer can make a significant difference in your recovery. Call or #TextDex and let us get working on your case today.
4. DON’T SHARE ACCIDENT INFORMATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
Social media has increasingly become evidence that can be used against you as your claim progresses. Insurance companies dedicate hundreds of employees to review claimant’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc., all in the hopes of finding damaging information. If you have been injured in an accident, avoid posting about the claim or your injuries as those posts may be used against you to weaken your claim. In some instances, it could cost you your case. Be SMART. It is safest to stay off of social media for a short time until all your claims relating to the accident have been settled.
5. DON’T WAIT TOO LONG TO SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR YOUR INJURIES
After being involved in car accident, many symptoms can appear days or even weeks after the accident but you should NOT wait that long before seeking medical treatment. See a doctor soon after the accident and report any symptoms you experience, no matter how minor, such as muscle spasms or mild headaches. Be HONEST with your health care providers and describe any and all symptoms you’re feeling from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. Make sure you reach out to an attorney as soon as possible to help you because it gives them an opportunity to investigate the accident and prepare a stronger case on your behalf.
HAVE YOU BEEN IN A CAR ACCIDENT? CALL BENOIT LAW FIRM OR #TEXTDEX
If you’ve been in a car accident or any other accident and sustained personal injuries, contact attorney Dexter Benoit of Benoit Law Firm or #TextDex 877-DEX-LAW9 (877-335-5299) today.