If you are found to be at fault in a car accident, it is important that you speak with a lawyer experienced with defending personal injury lawsuits. When your insurance policy coverage is not enough to pay for all the damages and injuries from the crash you may be held accountable for the rest. To keep this to a minimum, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
Don't Give Details Of The Accident
It can be very tempting to talk about the accident. However, the only person you should discuss the details of the accident with is your attorney. When talking with your insurance company or the police, all that you need to tell them is where and when the accident occurred, and who was involved. The police will also need your insurance information. If the other driver, his or her attorney, or insurance company tries to talk with you, give them the name of your attorney. You do not want to give anyone a chance to confuse you or get you to say something that may be misinterpreted.
Don't Skip Going to the Hospital
Even if you are feeling fine and don't think that you have been injured, something may be wrong that you don't notice for a few days or even a week. As soon as you are able to leave the scene of the accident, go to an emergency room to be checked over. While your attorney could argue that injuries discovered later were from the accident, it makes everything much easier if you have immediate documentation from medical personnel.
Don't Sign A Settlement Agreement
Often the insurance companies involved come to an agreement on a settlement for the accident. It is possible that all damages and injuries are not found until after this insurance settlement. When this occurs, the other party will have no recourse but to come after you for the new found expenses. Your attorney will look over the settlement and then write up a paper to go along with it that states the other party will not seek any further restitution from you.
If the other party does find it necessary to bring a personal injury lawsuit against you, having an attorney who was involved since right after the crash ensures that he or she knows all of the important information. He or she may be able to find partial blame on the other driver or prove that someone else was at fault, such as a mechanic who did not properly fix your brakes.
For more information about how to protect your own interests after an accident, contact a professional like those at Palmetto Injury Lawyers.Share