Auto Accident Dos and Don'ts

Points to Remember if You Are in an Accident

As a driver, you do your best to stay safe on the road; you wear your seatbelt and you don't speed excessively. Sometimes though, it's just not enough. While you can avoid dangerous driving behaviors such as drinking and driving and texting while driving, you cannot control what other drivers do.

In 2012 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 2,362,000 people were injured in auto accidents. So, if that day ever comes and you are in an accident, it is best that you know what you should and shouldn't do, this way you don't accidentally say or do something that could negatively affect your personal injury claim.

At Hudson King, we have successfully recovered millions in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Not only are we skilled trial lawyers, but we have a former insurance defender on our team. We recommend that if you are involved in an auto accident, that you follow these tips:

Dos

  • Do see if anyone was hurt. You must see if anyone was hurt, and if so, call an ambulance. If you panic and drive off, you could face criminal charges for fleeing the scene of an accident.
  • Do gather evidence at the scene. Take pictures of the vehicle damage, skid marks, weather conditions, and anything else that is relevant; this will help you build a strong case.
  • Do file a police report. Call the police and have them file an accident report. This will help facilitate the claims process. Be sure to get your own copy of the accident report.
  • Do call your own insurance company and report the accident. In order to protect your rights, you must notify your insurance carrier as soon as possible. Failure to notify your insurance carrier could void certain types of coverage.
  • Do seek medical treatment for your injuries. Do go to the hospital or urgent care, or visit your family doctor to treat your injuries. Delays in seeking medical care can be used against you.
  • Do call Hudson King for representation. Contact Hudson King for legal representation. Insurance companies do everything to deny or devalue claims. Let us pursue the compensation you deserve, because RESULTS REALLY DO MATTER.

Don'ts

  • Do not admit fault. Whatever you do, do not admit fault. Not to the other driver, not to the police, and not to any insurance company. If you say "sorry" or accept the blame, this will be used against you during the claims process.
  • Do not avoid the doctor if you are in pain. If you are in pain, be sure to visit the doctor right away, and make sure it is documented. If you have a gap in medical care, the insurance company can use this against you and argue that you weren't really hurt. If you are seriously hurt, waiting months between visits won't make you look tough, it will look like you either were not hurt, or something else after the accident caused your injury.
  • If you have health insurance, do not let a chiropractor treat you on a lien. If you are insured, use your health insurance and see doctors and chiropractors in your group. It does not make sense to pay a chiropractor out of your settlement when your health insurance will cover it.
  • Do not handle your claim alone. Do not assume that you will get more money by handling your claim alone. Insurance companies know what you don't know, and this will hurt you. Once you hire a personal injury attorney, you are leveling the playing field and your chances of receiving a fair settlement are far greater than if you decided to wing it.
  • Do not believe what the insurance company tells you. Whether you are dealing with the at-fault driver's insurance company, or your own insurance carrier, do not believe everything that you hear. They are in the business of making profits, and they will easily tell you that your claim is only worth so much, or they will only offer you that. It's what they do. Hire your own attorney, and let them deal with the insurance company.

Contact our Tifton auto accident attorneys today!

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