Insurance disputes after car accidents
Every minute you spend in a car or a truck increases the likelihood of coming across someone else who is not paying attention, who is driving too fast, driving while tired, while on the phone, while texting, while intoxicated, or while focusing anything other than the road. There are approximately five million motor vehicle accidents every year in America. About forty thousand result in fatalities.
The fact is that more people under 34 years of age die in automobile collisions than by any other means. The insurance industry pours a tremendous amount of money and time into fighting the claims arising out automobile collisions. They extensively train every one of their adjusters how to try to get you to settle for the least amount possible.
Get immediate legal help for car accidents
It is important to call us right away after a car accident. Recently, we were able to get footage from a local pawn shops’ security cameras that showed a crash that happened out front. We were able to get the defendant to swear to his version of the crash (which was a lie) and we were able to prove it. The case settled shortly afterward for many times what the offer was without. We would never have been able to do that if the client hadn’t called us within days after the crash because the pawn shop only kept security video for 15 days.
What to do if you are in a car accident
Statistically, you will be in more than one collision before you stop driving due to old age. It is important that you know what to do.
Immediately after the collision, before you speak to anyone, call the police to assist the insurance claim process. Call paramedics if there could possibly be an injury. It is important that the police report be as accurate as possible (even if it is not admitted into evidence). Often, what seem like very friendly people who cause a crash will blame you the following day when they speak to the insurance carriers and there are no witnesses or photographs of the scene to rebut them.
If you have a camera, photograph the scene prior to moving the vehicles. Commonly, people disagree on how the cars were situated. Obtain contact information of all witnesses before they leave and if possible, take recorded statements before memories can fade. Often, insurance claims go on for months.
An insurance adjuster will probably try to get a recorded statement of you before you get an attorney. It is always best to speak to an attorney prior to talking to an insurance adjuster.
Dealing with auto accident injuries
If you suspect that you may possibly have been injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Usually, after a crash, your body will go into shock and release endorphins which mask the pain of an injury. You may notice that your fingers are shaking a little and your heart rate is elevated due to this fight or flight reaction.
It is common for people who have surgical injuries only feeling stiffness, a burning sensation, or a headache the day of the crash. Let the doctor know about any symptoms or that you may be in shock. He or she will know what to do.
In addition, if you delay in treatment will lead the insurance company and their attorneys to argue that it was not the collision that caused your injury.
It is imperative that you find a Florida personal injury attorney who knows how to handle automobile accident claims and has the professionalism to meet with you one on one in order to work up your case properly. If you have been in an automobile collision, a consultation with us is free. You will owe nothing unless we recover for you.