I want to talk to you about a few mistakes to avoid making after a car wreck that could ruin the value of your case. I’m a personal injury lawyer, and I help people all throughout the state of South Carolina who have been injured in car wrecks. I make sure they receive maximum compensation for their injuries. So pay attention to the things I’m going to talk about today.
1. Make Sure to Get an Accident Report
First, do not leave the scene of the accident without getting an accident report. Immediately after the wreck, the first thing you should do is call the police. The police will respond to the scene of the wreck, and they’ll make an early investigation. Then, they determine who contributed to the wreck. You’re going to need a copy of the accident report to show that the at-fault driver is the one who caused the wreck and who caused your property damage and injuries. You’re going to need to give a copy of the accident report to both your insurance company and the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
If you leave the scene of a wreck without an accident report, you run the risk of the at fault driver saying later that maybe you caused the wreck.They may even deny that the wreck even occurred at all. Because of scenarios like this, it’s important that you get a document of the wreck from the police and that you use that accident report to make sure you’re taken care of. You’re going to need help with several things after your car wreck:
- Healing from your injuries
- Handling your medical bills
- Recovering your lost wages
- Repairing your vehicle
And without an accident report, you run the risk of not receiving all the help you need.
2. Don’t Give a Recorded Statement to the At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Reps
You also need to make sure that you do not give a recorded statement to the at-fault driver’s insurance representatives. The at-fault driver’s insurance representative and insurance company is not going to be looking out for your best interests. They’re going to try to use this recorded statement to twist your words and maybe contest liability. They may try to make it seem like you are at fault. They may even try to make it seem like your injuries were caused by something else. Make sure you do not give a recorded statement to the at fault driver’s insurance company. This is a common mistake many people make after a car wreck in South Carolina. You need to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible and allow them to be the party to present your case to the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
You also will need to report your wreck to the at-fault driver’s insurance company, but do not speak with them about your injuries. The adjuster for the insurance company is going to try to attempt to link your injuries to something else, not the wreck. If you talk to them about your injuries, they may also try to minimize the significance of the harm that you sustained from the wreck. Let your personal injury lawyer speak with the at-fault insurance company about your injuries. Do not speak with them about your injuries. I can’t say this enough. This is another mistake people make after being in a car accident.
3. Do Not Give the At-Fault Driver’s Insurance Your Medical Authorization
Now also, please make sure that you do not sign a medical authorization and give it to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. They’re going to say that they need the medical authorization to take care of your medical bills, but in all actuality, not only are they going to request your medical records and bills from this wreck, they’re probably going to try to request five years’ worth of medical records. And they’re going to attempt to try to link your injuries that you sustained in this wreck with something completely unrelated in the past. They’re going to use this medical authorization to try to support their insured, the at-fault driver, not to try to help you out. So do not sign a medical authorization for the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
4. Do Not Post about the Car Wreck on Social Media
Next, please do not post about the car wreck or your injuries on social media. You run the risk of the at-fault driver’s insurance representatives attempting to use your social media posts against you. They may try to say that the wreck was not as severe by the way you posted on social media, or by the way you talked about your injuries on social media. So do not post about your wreck. Don’t talk about your injuries. Just leave social media and the car wreck completely separate. Do not post about your injuries on social media. This is another common mistake people make after car accidents.
5. Do Not Take on the Insurance Company by Yourself
Now, one of the most important mistakes I would advise that you do not do is try to take on the insurance company by yourself. You need to enlist the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer. If you’ve been injured in a car wreck in the state of South Carolina, feel free to reach out to me, Tyler Bailey at Bailey Law Firm. We help people all throughout the state who’ve been harmed by drivers who are at fault, and we’ll make sure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries. So if you want to learn more about me, please feel free to contact me through a short form, or you can call me at anytime at (803) 667-9716.