Doing the wrong thing after a car crash can be devastating to your claim. To obtain maximum compensation, you must be proactive and know what to do.
At Herren & Adams LLP, our Kentucky attorneys have represented clients who made mistakes early in the process and experienced greater difficulties in the claims process.
If you were injured in a car crash, adhere to the following tips to increase your chances of achieving the best possible outcome in your case.
Do not speak with the other driver. Do not admit fault. Call the police. These three things can be key in the moments following an accident. Even a simple, "I'm sorry," can make or break your claim depending on the circumstances.
When it is safe to do so, exit your vehicle. Exchange driver's license and insurance information with the other driver. Afterward, you can also take photographs of both vehicles from multiple angles and distances. You can also photograph the roadway to document weather conditions, signs and other information.
You may not have sustained any visible injuries, but that does not mean that they do not exist. You may have suffered internal damage to your organs or a brain injury. Symptoms may be delayed and fail to present themselves until days following the crash. Seeing a doctor immediately or shortly after the crash can prevent injuries from being overlooked and worsening.
The other driver's insurance company may contact you and request that you make a recorded statement. Insurers often try to trick victims into revealing too much information to build their own case or offer you a measly settlement upfront. Speak with a lawyer before signing anything, period.
As our client, we will help you to apply for no-fault benefits and pursue a liability claim against the other driver. We know how insurance companies operate and how to negotiate. If necessary, we can also take your case to trial. Without a lawyer, you may make a mistake or miss a filing deadline that leaves you without compensation.
You can receive a complimentary case evaluation regarding your crash by calling 859-254-0024. You may also contact us using our online form.