You have been injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, and it is no wonder that you are unsure about how best to proceed. The fact is that every car accident is unique to its own set of circumstances, but there are, nevertheless, guidelines that can help you move forward, confident in the knowledge that you are doing what you can to protect your settlement agreement.
Protect Your Claim
When it comes to protecting your car accident settlement agreement, there are four major considerations to keep in mind:
Obtain the Medical Attention You Need
The impact of a car accident can leave you with injuries that are not always immediately recognizable. If you do not believe you were physically injured in the accident, it is still a good idea to seek immediate medical attention and to follow the medical directions prescribed for you. Car accidents can lead to serious injuries, and early diagnosis is often critical to improved prognosis. Seeking medical attention is not only in the best interest of your health but is also in the best interest of your claim.
Consult with an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
Car accidents are nothing if not disorienting. If you have been injured by the negligence of another driver, you need to focus on your path toward physical recovery and allow your dedicated Central Texas personal injury attorney to aggressively advocate on your behalf for the compensation to which you are entitled.
Avoid Specific Obstacles
You have been in a car accident, and you may not know how best to proceed, but it can help to be aware of – and avoid – those obstacles that often trip up accident victims. This includes not talking about the accident at the scene – the excited statements you make at the time can come back to haunt your claim. If an officer on the scene asks you specific questions, you should answer them as truthfully and as succinctly as you can. Further, this is not the time to blurt out an apology borne of your innate niceness to the other driver; such an apology can be interpreted as an admission of fault. Less is more when it comes to talking about the accident at the scene.
Recognize the Car Insurance Company for What It Is
Car accidents and insurance companies go hand in hand, but it is important to recognize that the car insurance company is in the business of turning profits and not in the business of making sure that you are adequately compensated. You are not required to give the other driver’s insurance company an official statement, and you should not do so without the explicit guidance of your personal injury lawyer. Further, never sign a settlement offer without consulting with your attorney prior – expediency is not likely to be in your favor.
If Another Driver Leaves You Injured, Consult with an Experienced Central Texas Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you have been injured because of another motorist’s negligence, attorney Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Central Texas is here to help. For more information, please contact or call us at (254) 220-4225 today.