Getting into a vehicle accident can be one of the most harrowing experiences of your life. A car accident is scary, it is stressful and it can have lasting consequences. There are common mistakes that people make after car accidents that can affect your rights. Learn from others and avoid these mistakes.
1. Losing Your Cool
Stay as calm as you can following a car accident. The angrier you get, the more likely you are to say or do things you shouldn’t.
2. Ignoring Evidence
Do your best to gather evidence immediately following the crash. Do not depend on the police or anyone else to do it for you.
3. Medical Care
Many people decline medical care after an accident, thinking that they aren’t hurt. No matter how you feel, get checked out by a medical professional. You never know how you will feel when you wake up the next day.
4. Insurance Carrier
Never neglect contacting your insurance carrier. You should speak with an agent within 24 hours of your accident.
5. Police Report
If the police respond to your accident, there will be a report on file. This report is not only public record, but it is your right to obtain a copy. Ask the officer on scene how quickly the report will be available to you.
Do not accept a settlement that is offered to you without first speaking to an attorney. The insurance companies often want to settle for as little as possible. No insurance agent cares about your family as much as you do.
7. No Attorney
Do not attempt to settle in court without an attorney. In fact, don’t settle with anyone before you at least consult with an attorney. Most will offer an initial consultation for free if you simply call.
If you have been involved in a car accident in South Carolina, call our offices today. A member of our team will review the details of your case at no cost to you. You have nothing to lose, call now.