I Was In A Car Accident–What Should I Do?
Car accidents can be scary. Car accidents may be considered major or minor based on the injuries suffered by those involved. If you were in a car accident, you should immediately seek medical attention. You may not immediately feel the effects of the car accident. There are times when a person may not feel injured, but the injury sets in hours or days after the accident. So, even if you are still experiencing the shock of the accident, you should still be examined by medical personnel.
After seeking medical attention, you should notify the other driver’s insurance carrier. Additionally, you should notify your insurance carrier. If the other driver is at fault, you may be tempted to begin negotiations with the insurance company on your own behalf. It may seem like the easiest thing to do since you believe the other driver was at fault. However, the other driver’s insurance company does not have your best interest in mind when negotiating with you. The other driver’s insurance company may offer you less than the amount of damages for your claim. Your statements to the insurance adjuster may be recorded. It may be quite difficult for you to obtain a fair settlement amount from the other driver’s insurance company.
If your vehicle is damaged, you may have a property damage claim. A determination should be made regarding whether the vehicle is a total loss. If the vehicle is a total loss, the insurance company may pay the fair market value for the vehicle.
The Mangum Law Firm, LLC handles personal injury cases involving car accidents. If you have questions about your car accident, please feel free to contact The Mangum Law Firm, LLC at (847) 701-4529.