We previously posted a blog entitled “WHAT NOT TO DO AFTER A CAR WRECK!” but have since realized that there are a few more pointers we’d like to share. So below are a few more things not to do following a car accident...
FAIL TO FILE A CLAIM WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY:
Besides reporting your accident to the authorities, you must also report the accident to your auto insurance company. Most insurance companies in the State of South Carolina require a policyholder to report any auto accidents right away. If you do not report your auto accident, your insurance company could try to use this to try to deny coverage for the accident.
ASSUME YOU ARE FINE:
Even if you are not in pain, you should not assume you are fine. Hopefully you are fine, but as we have written about before, car accident victims do not experience symptoms right away in many cases. Adrenaline could be masking your pain or worse you could have suffered an internal injury that has not triggered immediate symptoms.
To make sure you are fine, you should consult with a medical professional as soon as possible following the car accident. Tell your doctor what happened and allow them to perform a thorough examination.
OVERLOOK POTENTIAL SOURCES OF FINANCIAL COMPENSATION:
Filing a claim against the at fault’s insurance carrier may not be your only option for financial compensation following the accident. Depending on the circumstances involved, you could also have a claim against the other driver’s employer, the local government entity responsible for maintenance of the road or even the bar or restaurant that over-served a drunk driver.
LOSE YOUR TEMPER:
This may seem like a no-brainer but emotions run high following a collision. It is crucial that you remain calm and focus on the situation so that you can make sure you get everything documented to assist in your recovery.
GIVE A RECORDED STATEMENT:
They will ask you to record a statement about what happened in the accident and may try to use your statements against you during the claims settlement process or in a subsequent lawsuit. An attorney with experience handling car accident lawsuits can communicate directly with insurance company representatives on your behalf to protect your rights.
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