Getting into an accident is not something you expect, but you know it is a possibility. That is why you get insurance on your vehicle and drive as safely as possible. Unfortunately, you cannot control the actions of other drivers around you. There are times when someone else’s negligence can cause you harm on the roadways.
At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, our team recognizes that you will need help in the aftermath of a vehicle crash that has caused you harm. We want to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. To do that, there are some things you need to know about car accident claims.
When you need a San Diego car accident lawyer, we are standing by and ready to help.
Important Claim Steps
First and foremost, always seek medical attention if you are injured in a car accident. Putting it off, even a minor injury, because you are worried about your vehicle will only weaken your injury claim case. This is where many people go wrong – they worry more about their vehicle than they do about themselves.
We know how important your vehicle is, but your health is more important.
You first, then your vehicle.
Here are some important things to remember in the aftermath of an accident with injuries:
- Get police reports as soon as possible. Whether you are at fault or not, do not leave the scene for any reason unless you are seeking emergency medical treatment. Insurance companies use all information generated in an accident, beginning with a police report. If you leave, you only weaken your claim in the long run.
- Always follow the doctor’s orders. Whether you seek treatment in the ER or go to your doctor after an accident, always follow their prescribed treatment plan even if you feel better. Some accident injury symptoms do not manifest until later, but if you skip treatment, the insurance companies will not believe you were hurt badly. Remember, your doctors know more than you do when it comes to keeping you healthy.
- Do not speak to insurance companies until you secure an attorney. They are going to record everything you say and try to trip you up. Why? Because their goal is to pay out as little as possible in settlement claims. Do not let them make you a victim again.
What You Can Do
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else, we do not think you should have to suffer financially. However, we want you to keep the things we discussed in mind. Securing a knowledgeable and experienced attorney is going to be vital to making sure you get the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses.