Being involved in a car accident is an overwhelming experience. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 2 million people are injured in car accidents each year, while 32,000 individuals are killed. For people involved in car collisions in Missouri, it is easy to end up feeling confused and uncertain about how to proceed. If someone else’s negligence caused your accident, there are some steps that you can take to increase your chances of receiving the greatest amount from a car insurance settlement. I’ve outlined below some of these critical steps.
One of the most confusing aspects of a car accident is how to immediately respond. Provided that you are able to do so safely, you should quickly call 911 to report the accident. Not only can you make sure that you receive a medical evaluation this way, but you can also make sure that a written report about your accident is created by the responding police officer. If law enforcement does not respond to the accident, the best strategy is to self-report the event as quickly as possible following the accident.
Follow Your Recommended Medical Plan
Not all injuries received in a car accident are immediately noticeable. For example, the Mayo Clinic warns that the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries are often subtle and frequently do not immediately show up after an accident.
It is critical to attend all medical appointments and to follow any recommended treatment plans. Always inform your lawyer about your treatment status and the recommendations being made by your medical professionals.
Properly Document Damage
Even though it is often bewildering to be involved in a car accident, it is critical to retain details about the damages that result from your car accident including bills and receipts. By ensuring that there is detailed evidence about how your accident occurred, you can greatly increase your chances of receiving maximum compensation for your losses.
Never Use Social Media to Discuss the Accident
Many people think that social media is a method of sharing personal information about life with friends or family members, but in reality, your personal information can often be shared with a much larger audience. Avoid discussing details about your accident online as you pursue compensation. This means that you should avoid posting pictures, status updates, information about the accident, and information about the injuries. In fact, we always advise clients to stay off of social media until their case is resolved.
Remember to remain cautious about discussing details about either your health or your case through online forums because anything you post will only serve to jeopardize the eventual outcome of your accident claim and the amount of your insurance settlement.
Speak with an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
If you need the assistance of a skilled personal injury lawyer, do not hesitate to contact House Law LLC today to schedule a free case evaluation.