If you have received extensive property damage (and, if worst comes to worst, costly medical bills) following an automotive crash that wasn’t your fault, filing a successful car accident claim is your number one priority. Here is some important information to keep in mind.
Filing a Successful Car Accident Claim | After the Crash
To have a successful claim, you should collect evidence at the scene of the accident. If you are too injured to do it yourself, you can call on someone to come do it for you. You want to get photos and videos of all vehicles involved in the accident and any debris or tire marks on the road. Anything that looks like it is important to the accident should be recorded. You also should talk to the witnesses and get their contact information. An important tip to remember is not telling anyone it was your fault. You might think it was, but later find out it wasn’t. For now, don’t talk about who caused the accident. Let your attorney handle that later.
Filing a Successful Car Accident Claim | Dealing with the Insurance Company
A huge reason why you shouldn’t talk about fault right after the accident is that the insurance company will take any opportunity to try to throw out your case. If you said to their insured that it was your fault, they will use that against you. They will also call you shortly after the accident and try to get a recorded statement from you about the cause of the accident. You should never give them any statements. They will use your words against you. Instead, tell them that they need to talk to your lawyer.
Filing a Successful Car Accident Claim | Getting Full Compensation
A large part of getting the fullest amount of compensation is avoiding getting blamed for the accident. By hiring an attorney early on, they will make sure you are protected from the bullying tactics of the insurance company. In Arizona, if you get blamed for the accident, you can still receive compensation, but it will be reduced by the percent of fault you share. Fortunately, you won’t be barred unless you were the sole cause of the accident, but that rarely happens. We will make sure we advocate for the best amount of compensation possible.
After your car accident, a lot of things may seem confusing and we are here to help you through all of it. We want to take the burden of the case off of your shoulders so that you can focus on your recovery. We will make sure you are on the track to get the fullest and fairest amount of compensation. Please do not hesitate to call our Arizona car accident lawyers as soon as you are able to so that we can set up a free case evaluation. We will get to work for you right away and make sure everything is headed in the right direction to get the best result possible.