Improving your odds of maximizing your compensation
After an accident, it can be tough to think clearly. You might let adrenaline and emotion get the best of you. But when you’re explaining your accident to your insurance company, it’s important to provide helpful information without making yourself appear responsible for the accident, or even suggesting that you might be.
Here’s what you should do:
Get the facts. Exchange identifying information with the other driver. Take pictures of the accident scene and any damage to your vehicles. If there were witnesses, get their information as well.
Don’t admit fault or discuss injuries. Stick to the facts. If you even suggest that you might share responsibility for the accident, it can affect your chances at securing compensation. Likewise, don’t discuss any injuries you’ve suffered, or haven’t suffered, because new symptoms may present themselves after the accident.
Call the police. A police report is a great, neutral record of what happened during the accident, and the officer will have a level-headed and professional eye for all the details of the scene. In addition, being the driver who called the police shows that you don’t believe you were responsible for the accident.
Contact your insurance company. It is likely that the other driver’s insurance company will contact you for a statement about the accident. Get ahead of this by calling your insurance company immediately after the accident and giving them the facts about the case. Then, when the other insurance company calls, simply direct them to your insurance company, or better yet, your attorney.
Hire an attorney. Traffic law and auto accident claims can be complex, with many factors including road conditions, driving records and injuries suffered in the accident. An experienced auto accident attorney knows what to look for in these cases and how to build a case on your behalf to help you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled.
Taking the appropriate steps after an accident can help you secure the damages you deserve, and an attorney can be an invaluable guide through this process. The Baltimore auto accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC encourage anyone involved in an accident to contact their Baltimore law office for assistance. They provide aggressive legal representation on behalf of drivers, and build a case to get victims the compensation deserve.