Speaking With Insurance After a Car Accident
After you have been injured in a car accident, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. Is it overboard to get a lawyer involved? Is going to your doctor’s office a waste of time? These kinds of questions are understandable because you may be worried you are making a big deal out of nothing if you do not have serious or obvious injuries. However, you may find shortly after your accident that hidden injuries begin presenting themselves and you may wish you had seen a doctor sooner. You may also begin feeling “in over your head” as you consider filing a claim but do not have an attorney. This is why two of the first things you should do after a car accident are:
- Go to your doctor
- Speak with a lawyer
Working With Insurance
Working with insurance can be difficult. It may be true that you should speak with your own car insurance representative to let them know the accident occurred. They will want to know how it happened, what kinds of injuries you have, and what kind of damage there is to your car. That said, the big question you may have is: should you speak with the other driver’s insurance agent? As a lawyer, like a car accident lawyer from a law firm like Tuttle Law, P.A. could tell you, speaking with the other driver’s insurance company could set you up to fail. It is important that you know you are under no legal obligation to speak with their insurance company.
The accident was clearly not my fault. Can’t I tell them that?
The accident may seem very cut-and-dry to you. It may seem obvious that it was not your fault or that it was mostly the other party’s fault. However, insurance agents are trained to save their company as much money as possible. That might mean that they appear to agree with you while offering you a low amount of money. Or, they may say their client was not responsible or that you were mostly responsible and try to blame the accident on you. In either case, you will be better off working with a lawyer from the start. They can gather the evidence necessary to properly negotiate with the insurance agent to win you compensation for your injuries after a car accident.
If you are interested in working with a lawyer, reach out to a local team today.