Car accidents occur every day, and in many cases, they can be avoided. For individuals who suffer from injuries received in a car accident that was not their fault, it may be possible to seek compensation through a personal injury claim.
Some individuals reduce their settlement amount by making mistakes throughout the claims process. By avoiding some of the most common mishaps, you may set yourself up to receive the full settlement amount you deserve.
Seek medical treatment
It is imperative that individuals seek medical treatment after an accident. Even if they feel fine, there may be internal issues they cannot see. If such injuries go untreated, they can develop into serious conditions and require greater medical intervention. Along with preventing further damage, seeking medical treatment helps to build a timeline and establish damages for the claim.
Keep proper records
In accordance with North Carolina law, individuals must report an accident to law enforcement. Individuals should keep a copy of the report for their records. They should also collect the information of the other driver and any witnesses. If possible, it may be beneficial to take pictures of the scene and damage to the vehicle or any passengers. Having these records will help to strengthen the individual’s case.
Be careful with statements
Whether speaking to their own insurer or the insurer of the other driver, individuals should make sure they are mindful of their speech. In fact, it may be beneficial to wait to contact an insurer after the accident when emotions have cooled. Victims may choose to allow the adrenaline to pass, get all the facts together and then contact their insurance agent. It is also important to make sure the statement is factual, concise, and consistent.
These are just a few of the main things you should keep in mind after an accident. Take some time to review the law and become familiar with the claims process so that you may determine your best course of action.