3 Things You Need to Know After Being Involved in an AccidentAuthor: Portner & Shure
When you are involved in a Virginia auto accident, the steps you take after that accident can be essential to the outcome of your case. In order to protect your claim and maximize your potential recovery, follow these three tips:
1) Do Not Speak: It is important to understand that when the insurance company calls to speak with you, they are working to reduce their exposure. This means that the information that you give them is information that can be used against you. As a lay person, you may not realize what kind of information is harmful or helpful to your case. Because of this, it is essential that you find the help of an experienced Reston, Virginia car accident lawyer who can advise you. Furthermore, a Virginia car accident lawyer can speak to the insurance company for you so that you will not make the mistake of revealing too much information. Not speaking to the insurance company is especially important for those who do not speak English fluently or speak English as a second language. The insurance company may take advantage of the language barrier to obtain the information they can use against you.
2) Focus on Treatment: When you are treating for your injuries, you must listen to the advice of your doctor. Do not attempt self-diagnosis or stop treatment before your doctor advises you to discontinue treatment. Some clients make the mistake of ending their treatment process early and later discover that they are not fully recovered. By this time, it may be too late for those clients to make a claim for the treatment they subsequently receive. Do not make this mistake and risk your claim. Instead, listen to the advice of your doctor.
3) Do Not Rush: The settlement process takes time. Our experienced Reston, Virginia car accident attorneys are skilled in negotiation. Oftentimes, this includes waiting out the insurance company to obtain the top offer. Because of this, it is important for clients to be patient and allow the attorney to obtain the most for your claim.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in an automobile accident, truck, bus or motorcycle accident in Virginia, and would like a free legal consultation or if you would like more information on car accidents please feel free to contact our office at (855) 954-4141.