Being involved in a car accident is a stressful and disorienting time that may make it hard to act with the greatest judgment. Unfortunately, beginning the moment you are involved in the accident the process of assessing the value of your claim begins. While you are experiencing this as a terrible event that has led to property damage, emotional distress, physical pain, and inconvenience- to the other driver’s insurance company this is just business.
Insurance companies will prey on your vulnerabilities, waiting for you to mess up and say or do the wrong thing while you are still in a daze after the crash. They will use your confusion and weakness against you to avoid giving you a fair settlement.
Do not fall victim to these big insurance companies, hire Beverly R. Caruthers to represent your case and avoid making these mistakes:
Mistake 1: Not calling the police
ALWAYS call the police after a car accident. Depending on the severity of the accident you may think you do not need to call the police, you are wrong. Not only does a police report serve as evidence it also preserves the moment, making it harder for the other party to get away with lying in the future.
Mistake 2: Gather enough information
While you are still in the moment you have the best chance to gather the most information pertaining to your accident that you will ever be able to. Make sure you write down, in your phone or on paper:
-The name of everyone in the car you collided with
-The other driver’s insurance company name and policy number
-License plate number
-Make and model of vehicles
-Vehicle owner’s information if different than driver
-Any witnesses’ contact information
-Name and badge number of the police officer
Mistake 3: No photos
It used to be suggested to drivers to carry around a disposable camera in their car in case they were involved in an accident. These days almost all of us have a camera on our smart phones. Utilize this and take photos of the scene, both vehicles, and anything else that seems valuable.
Mistake 4: Admitting fault
Never admit fault. Even saying, “I’m sorry,” or “I didn’t see you,” is a bad idea. Your words can be used against you at a later time. You may think you are at fault but remember you were just involved in a very high stress accident and do not know all of the details. Keep calm, be cool, and gather information.
Mistake 5: Ignoring injuries
If you are hurt in an accident seek medical attention sooner than later. You may be in a state of shock and might not even realize how serious your accident related injuries are. Keep records of every doctor you see and the treatment you receive.
Mistake 6: Trusting the insurance company
You are a burden to the insurance company. They want to get away with paying the smallest amount for the most damage in the shortest amount of time as possible. Do not let them bully you around, hire Attorney Beverly R. Caruthers!
Car Accident Attorney Houston
Beverly R. Caruthers proudly serves and defends the Greater Houston area including but not limited to Baytown, Conroe, Crosby, Humble, Huntsville, Lake Jackson, Missouri City, Pasadena, Spring, Tomball. If you need legal representation and a lawyer who cares about you, don’t hesitate to contact Beverly R. Caruthers Law Office!