No one plans on being in a car accident. It happens unexpectedly and can truly terrify you. Many Americans have gotten into an accident during their lifetime. The insurance companies may not be really looking out for you. Sometimes you feel you may be doing the right thing but it’s the complete opposite and may cause you more harm when dealing with the insurance company. Here are some mistakes you should avoid making after you get into a car accident.
Posting to Social Media
Most people nowadays are on their phones posting updates and statuses on social media. It’s important to know that any information you share on social media may be used against you, even if it seems innocent and unrelated to the accident. Try not to post updates specifically on the accident or your medical condition after the accident. For example, you might post a picture of yourself at the gym. The insurers may use this against you and say that your injuries were not that serious if you can still go to the gym.
Settling Too Fast
Insurance companies may try to offer you a fast settlement. You need to know that a fast settlement is not equal to a full settlement. It may seem like the compensation you feel you need but the goal of the insurance companies are to spend as little as possible. For example, it may take you longer to heal than you expected and you need more compensation for medical bills. You won’t be able to do this because you settled too fast. If you accept the fast settlement, then you will not be able to reopen the case later.
Forgetting to Take Pictures and Videos
After an accident, you must make sure you take as many pictures and videos as you can. Take photos of visible injuries you have or surgeries you have undergone due to the accident. Videos will also suffice for this as well. Make sure you take pictures of the damage to your car. Take pictures of the accident scene and include the position of the cars as well as damage to the other car(s).
Underestimating Your Injuries
Another big mistake people often make is underestimating their injuries. You may feel fine after an accident but later on, the real injuries may take a toll on you. Sometimes it can take hours or days for symptoms they present themselves. The insurance company is always keeping tabs. If you made an earlier statement saying your injuries were not as severe as they have manifested now, then the insurance may not pay you what you deserve and need to recover.
No one’s ever prepared for a car accident. The aftermath is extremely tough. You may have sustained injuries and now you have to deal with the insurance company who may not fully compensate you. You matter and your specific needs matter as well. You want someone who is an expert on car accident law and can help your case no matter how complex. Salt Lake City Car Accident Attorney at The Jardine Law Offices P.C. want to fight for you and help you get the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today using this contact form or call them at 801-350-3506.