What to do After a Car Accident
Being involved in a serious car accident can be devastating to a victim and his or her family. While the accident itself and the injuries caused by the accident are more than enough for any victim to handle, dealing with unfair insurance adjusters, and responsibilities arising out of an auto accident make for an extremely unpleasant experience.
Our experienced car accident attorneys advise victims of motor vehicle accidents to speak to legal counsel as soon as practicable. Protecting your rights is our number one priority. This all starts with gathering evidence at the scene, such as measuring skid marks and obtaining witness statements. There may be a need to take photographs that can preserve critical evidence.
When The Insurance Company Downplays your Injuries
The insurance company for the driver who caused the accident is going to be experienced in dealing with injury and property damage claims. They will be gearing up for the prospect of litigation from the moment they are notified of an injury claim. These insurance companies will often deamand a tape-recorded statement. Without an experienced auto accident lawyer, you are at risk of being taken advantage of. Any recorded statement is only for the benefit of the insurance company, not for your benefit.
Insurance adjusters may also request a signed medical release from the injury victim. That allows the insurance company to obtain any of your medical records, regardless of whether they are related to the accident or not. This is unfair! More often than not, the insurance companies of the driver that caused the accident will NOT pay for your medical expenses or authorize you to seek skilled medical care. They are under no legal obligation to do so until there is a resolution of the entire injury claim.
Damage to Your Vehicle
A question that usually arises soon after an accident occurs regards getting your vehicle fixed, or being paid for the damage done to your vehicle in the accident.
Insurance companies typically address these property damage claims soon after the accident. Insurance companies love to argue over property damage claims.
Particularly, they will argue that your vehicle isn’t worth as much as you may think…or they will attempt to fix your vehicle with used second-hand parts.
Don’t fall for the games of the insurance claims adjuster. Get the experience of Schultz & Myers on your side. After all, our car accident lawyers are recognized as leaders in personal injury litigation by our peers. Our attorneys are consistently featured in legal periodicals, local newspapers, and have been interviewed by the media on countless occasions.
Many victims who are injured in a car accident in Missouri will never recover the full amount of compensation they may be entitled to, because they don’t understand just how much their claim may be worth. They may accept the first offer the unfair insurance company claims adjuster makes and then be left with an inadequate settlement.
After a wreck occurs, drivers and passengers are often disoriented; the adrenaline is pumping, and everything seems to be happening so fast. This is also the time when extreme detail is crucial for obtaining compensation later on. If you’ve been in a recent car accident, print out these Post-Accident Resource pages. They’ll walk you through the process of gathering information and filing a report:
Any questions? Remember the fours: 314-444-4444. You don’t have to sit at home wondering what to do next. You have options, including the right to representation by an experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyer who will turn the tables on an unfair insurance claims adjuster. Your lawyer will immediately step in to handle the legal aspects of your claim.
Your only job following a serious car accident should be to focus on recovery.