For as long as I can remember, the legal field has always fascinated me. While my friends watched sitcoms and cartoons, I chose to watch courtroom dramas and real life trials unfold. There was never really any question as to what I wanted to be when I got older. The only profession for me was that of a trial lawyer. Unfortunately, a serious car accident several years ago changed all that. Now, my injuries prevent me from leaving my home most days. However, my love for the law has never went away. While I may not be able to realize my dreams of becoming a trail lawyer, I still wish to help people with their legal problems. That is why I decided to start this blog. It is my hope that the information contained in these pages will help other accident victims like me when filing their personal injury claims.
If you've been in a car accident, and the other driver is responsible, their insurance company will want to talk to you as soon as possible. That might seem like a good way to get the process started. However, talking to the insurance company before you have legal representation could end up causing serious problems for you in the long run. The fact is, you should always consult a personal injury attorney before you provide any statements to the other driver's insurance company. Here are just three of the reasons you don't want to speak to the other driver's insurance company until you have an attorney.
You Could Say the Wrong Thing
You think you know what you're going to say, but in the heat of the moment, everything could change. Insurance companies want you to say something that they can use against you. This is particularly true when they're looking at paying out a large settlement on your accident claim. If they can get you to say something wrong, or to change your statements in future interviews, they can use that information to undermine your claim. The best way to avoid that is to consult with an attorney before you speak to the insurance company.
You Could Assume Responsibility
After an accident, you may feel bad for the other driver, especially if they suffered injuries. You may even feel a bit sorry for them. Unfortunately, relaying those feelings to their insurance company could completely undermine your claim to compensation. If you say anything to the insurance company about being sorry for the accident, they could take that to mean that you're assuming responsibility for the events. However, your attorney can help you avoid making those types of mistakes during conversations with the other driver's insurance company.
You Could Agree to an Unfair Settlement
An auto accident may leave you unable to work or may put your car out of commission for a while during repairs. The other driver's insurance company will try to play off those situations in an attempt to get you to agree to an unfair settlement. Not only that, but you might not even realize how much your injuries and losses are worth where compensation is concerned. These are both reasons why you need to hire an attorney before you speak to the opposing side's insurance company.
Don't jeopardize the claim you have against the other driver. If you've been involved in a car accident, hire an attorney before you speak to the opposing insurance company.
For more information, contact a personal injury law firm in your area.Share
16 December 2019