Car crashes happen. Every day, around 34,500 Americans are involved in some sort of vehicle accident. It is something an awful lot of car owners end up having to deal with at some point.
But, if, or when, it happens to you, it is important to be prepared, to understand what to do next. You need to know where to get help if you've had a car crash. As you will see, the quality of the advice you get and who you get it from can have a significant impact on who pays for the crash. It can also have an impact on how much compensation you get for damage to your vehicle or injuries to yourself and your passengers.
Double-check the advice given your friends give you
The first thing to realize is that not everyone is going to give you the right advice. Some people, for example, friends and family, will inadvertently give you poor advice. That can’t be helped. They are not insurance or legal experts, so it is hard for them to give you sound guidance.
It is natural to want to help a friend in need. So, when we see them in a situation that was similar to one we faced recently, we tend to share the details. Sometimes this is helpful, sometimes it is not. This is because the circumstances of the two accidents are very unlikely to be exactly the same. It is these little differences that matter. They can mean that the path you try to follow to get compensation is not a valid one.
So, if friends and family give you advice after an accident, listen, but, double-check the facts. The best guidance will come from your car crash lawyer.
People who should help you cannot always be relied upon
It is also important to realize that some of the parties that are involved in sorting things out, after your crash will not always have your best interests at heart. Of course, it is fairly obvious that the other driver’s insurance company falls into this category. You can read about how they will try to use what you say to limit how much they need to pay out, by clicking here.
Be wary when speaking to your insurance company. Remember there is a chance that they are going to have to pay out too. So, again they will do what they can to minimize their risk. Again, your lawyer will advise you about how to proceed. They will guide you about what to say and what not to say when speaking to either insurance company.
Consider hiring a motor accident lawyer
In general, the best advice comes from car crash accident lawyers. They deal with accidents, day in day out. So, over time, have become the real experts.
If you do hire one, in all likelihood, you will be doing so on a no-win-no-fee basis. So, if you do not win compensation, they do not get paid. So, your interests really do diverge. As a result, the advice you get from that source is rarely wrong.