Car accidents can be an unsetting experience. Most people can be pretty shaken up after even a minor collision. Physical and emotional healing from the collision can take years to recover from, and the same can be said for financial recovery. Following a crash, you should seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. After making sure you and everyone else is okay, you should seek out an experienced personal injury attorney. It’s important to remember in most cases, you’re not fighting the other driver, you’re going up against the big insurance companies. For that, you need an advocate to fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.
How To Help Your Lawyer and Your Case.
If you do plan on seeking the help of an attorney, there are a few things you can do to make your case stronger, and help your attorney out in the long run.
First, stay at the scene and remain calm. Even if you are uninsured, it’s best to remain at the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident is against the law, and gives the appearance of guilt. You might feel confused or angry in the aftermath of a car crash. However, the best thing to do is remain calm. You don’t want to use any unseemly words or actions. That could work against you during the settlement or a lawsuit. Remaining calm will help you gather essential information and facts at the scene.
Always contact the police after an accident. Police reports are valuable evidence when determining the at-fault party. The police report will identify all parties involved, have detailed witness statements, and often include diagrams or other facts to help piece together how the accident happened. Never admit guilt under any circumstances. Do not apologize for the accident or offer to pay for damages. Even simply saying you’re sorry can be construed as an admission of fault.
Recording Evidence. If you are able to do so, make sure you collect as much information as possible. Time and date, weather and road conditions, photos of the scene, witness and parties’ names. All of this information will be important when it comes to filing your claim. It might also help to keep an accident notebook. Write information regularly that pertains to your case. Medical conditions, financial concerns, your treatments, and even the impact the accident has had on your life.
What Not to Do
There are two things you should never do. The first being, do not ever talk to the insurance companies. They will try to settle your claim as quickly as possible, and for as little as possible. You might not know the full extent of the damages you’re facing. The insurance company will use that to their advantage to offer you only a small amount of what they owe you. The questions they ask you are designed to help them justify offering you less. Get an attorney, and have them help you with any communication to the insurance company.
Never filed a lawsuit on your own. The rules and processes for filing a lawsuit are complex. They are governed by strict regulations and timelines. You need a skilled attorney to help you handle all of the details. It’s best to get an attorney before things escalate. One error could jeopardize your entire settlement. Often these mistakes are difficult, or impossible to change.
Injured? Contact a San Antonio Car Accident Attorney
At the Villarreal & Begum, LAW GUNS, we have extensive knowledge of how insurance companies work and will fight for your legal rights if you have been injured in an accident. Our San Antonio car accident lawyers understand how stressful it can be, especially if you are unable to work and facing a mountain of medical bills. With our assistance, we will help get your life headed in the right direction. Get in touch with our San Antonio office by calling (210) 800-0000. Call and schedule a free consultation, so we may answer any questions you have.