If you are involved in a car accident, it is very important that you take the following steps to protect your right to recover compensation for your injuries.
Seek Medical Attention for Your Injuries
If you did not decide to go to the hospital from the accident scene, it is very important that you see a doctor within the next two days. Your first priority is your health. In some cases, accident victims do not believe they are seriously injured when they did, in fact, suffer an injury in the accident. You might explain away aches and pains as the typical soreness you experience after being in a car crash. However, those aches and pains could be an indication of a more serious injury. Therefore, a physician should check you to determine if you suffered any injuries from the accident.
Second, you need to be seen by a physician to document injuries for an accident claim. Insurance companies look for delays in medical treatment to deny accident claims. A company may argue that your delay in seeking medical care is proof that you were not injured in the accident or the injuries you claim were sustained after the crash. Do not jeopardize your health or your claim by delaying medical care after a car accident.
Call Your Insurance Provider
Even though you might not have caused a car accident, you must still report the crash to your insurance company. When you contact the company, explain what happened, but avoid admitting any fault for the crash. While your insurance company should look out for your best interest, if you must file a claim against your coverage, you might find the company is not as willing to help as you might have thought. It is best for you to seek legal advice before providing any statements or signing releases related to your accident or insurance claim.
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Filing an accident claim for a car crash should be a fairly straightforward process, especially when you are not at fault. However, injury claims can involve complex legal issues. Furthermore, insurance companies do not always act in good faith when investigating and settling an accident claim.
To protect your rights and to increase your chance of receiving a fair settlement for your claim, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible after a car accident. Our Erie car accident lawyers offer free consultations so that you can learn about your legal rights and get answers to your questions about filing an injury claim for a car accident. We do not charge for the first appointment because we want all accident victims to know they have access to experienced legal counsel when they need it the most.
Call Now for Your Free Consultation with an Erie Car Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident, we are here to help. Call The Travis Law Firm at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free legal consultation with an Erie accident lawyer.