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Don't Do These Things After An Auto Accident

If you end up in an auto accident that causes an injury, it's important that you take the proper steps to ensure that you receive compensation for the accident. Here are some things you want to avoid doing after an automobile-related accident. 

Not Calling The Police

It doesn't matter how small your auto accident is, since it is very important that you call the police and have a report made on site. This is partially because insurance providers want some sort of third party verification after an accident to verify that everyone's statement is as accurate as possible.

In addition, stories can change if it is not officially on the record with a police officer. For example, the other driver may apologize for causing the accident and make it seem like they will accept full responsibility, but then they rush to the police station to make their own report with a different opinion on what happened. 

Not Calling A Lawyer

If you have suffered an injury as a result of an auto accident, it's crucial that you talk to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident. You do not know what it is like to deal with an insurance company that is not going to be on your side, and a lawyer will know what to do. It is going to give you an advantage and help you to receive the biggest possible compensation as quickly as possible. 

Talking To The Insurance Company Directly

You want to avoid making any sort of recorded statement to the insurance company after the accident. This is only done because the insurance company is trying to find information to use against you when your case goes to mediation or trial. While there are times that you are obligated to talk to an insurance company, it is always best left to a lawyer to ensure that nothing wrong is said. 

Assuming The Insurance Company Is On Your Side

No matter how nice an insurance adjuster is with working with you on the case, know that they're not on your side throughout the process. Their goal is to pay out as little as possible in an auto accident, especially when an injury is involved. All the insurance adjuster's interactions are going to be with the insurance company's interest in mind, not your own. You should always treat interactions with the opposing insurance adjuster with caution.