Knowledge is power, and it’s important to not be intimidated into giving up your rights because you didn’t know key information.
Car accidents can be traumatic experiences. After getting in a wreck, most people, after calling the police, will call their insurance company. But it’s important to remember that insurance companies are not necessarily looking out for your best interest when it comes to financial compensation for injuries and damage to your vehicle.
Because insurance companies may not be telling you the full story, it’s important to hire a lawyer immediately following your car accident.
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It is not necessary for you to wait to speak with an insurance representative or adjuster, either from your insurance company or the other driver’s, before you speak with an attorney. There is no rule against that, and it will not negatively impact your settlement. If anything, hiring a lawyer who can advise you during talks with your insurance company and act as your advocate will result in more damages being recovered.
It may seem that insurance adjusters are compassionate, friendly individuals providing quality service to you after your accident. While they may be lovely people, they are skilled negotiators; they are working for the company. Ultimately, they care more about the company’s bottom line than they do about you.YOUR STATEMENTS CAN BE USED AGAINST YOUAfter a crash, you will be understandably shaken and perhaps dazed, particularly if you are injured, and it is common for people to express sentiments of regret even if the accident was not their fault. Know that anything you say to an insurance adjuster can potentially be used against you in later legal proceedings, regardless of how much evidence is on your side. Never give a “recorded statement” (which can very likely be used against you) without first consulting a lawyer.
Only experienced attorneys and insurance adjusters really know how much your case may be worth. Because insurance companies do not want to lose money, they may try to convince you that your case actually isn’t worth as much as you think, or that your injuries are minor. However, some injuries do not present symptoms for a long time, and there are other damages you can seek in a settlement – including pain and suffering, and lost wages – that an insurance adjuster may neglect to mention.
When an insurance company denies your claim, they may make it seem like that is the final answer. It’s not. Your contract with them requires that they handle all claims in “good faith”, which basically means fairly. An experienced lawyer can dispute their denial by filing a “bad faith” suit on your behalf.