Car accidents can be scary and confusing, and thousands of people are injured every year. The events after a car accident are often overwhelming, especially if you do not know how to handle them. It is important to be knowledgeable about the process of filing a claim for a car accident. Here are a few tips every driver should know before filing a car accident claim.
Your Health is Priority
When you are injured in a car accident, you must seek medical treatment as soon as possible and attend all your appointments. Suppose you skip or frequently reschedule your appointments. In that case, the insurance company may perceive that your injuries are not as serious as you claim and use that to justify giving you a lower settlement. Even if you feel healthy, it is best to trust your doctor and continue attending appointments. Following your doctor’s advice is an important part of filing a claim for your car accident.
Always Contact the Police
The first thing you should do immediately following an accident is to call the police. A police officer will come to the scene to provide assistance to anyone who is injured and write a report of the incident. Make sure you receive a copy of the police report, especially if you plan to file a claim for damages. The police report will contain relevant evidence that may be helpful to you in proving your claim, such as:
- A description of any apparent injuries
- Witness statements
- A description of the damage to the vehicles
Be Careful About What You Post
When you have a pending claim, the insurance company may go through your social media accounts to possibly find anything that can be used against you. This is crucial because once you post about your injury or the accident on social media, you open yourself up to a subpoena from the insurance companies. That means they could look through everything, even your private messages. So, it is good not to post anything about the accident on social media until the claim process is over.
Hire an Attorney
Hiring an attorney makes the entire car accident process much easier. You do not have to worry about working with insurance companies when you hire an attorney because your attorney will handle all the communications. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about negotiating because your attorney will fight to help you recover the full amount you are entitled to.
Contact The Snyder Law Group Today
The Snyder Law Group, LLC, proudly represents clients throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our experienced Baltimore attorneys understand the frustration that comes with an insurance company, medical professional, or other party that refuses to accept liability for negligent or reckless behavior. You can take heart in knowing there are talented and experienced lawyers ready to work for you. We are experienced in handling personal injury claims of medical malpractice or injury resulting from serious car and truck accidents, and have secured hundreds of millions in verdicts and settlements. Please visit our website, www.410thefirm.com, or call us at 410-843-3476, for more information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.