3 Things Not to Do After a Car Accident in California
Don’t speak to the insurance company
Don’t sign anything from an insurance company
Don’t make repairs and don’t destroy evidence
If the other driver reports the car accident to their insurance company then it’s likely a representative from that insurance company is going to be contacting you – or maybe even the attorney of the other driver. Regardless of who calls, anyone on the other side of the crash does not have your interests in mind. They are trying to gather info and evidence to use against you.
You’re not obligated to talk to them and until you’re 100% healed and in a position to negotiate, you should avoid talking to them. Why? Because it’s entirely possible that you could accidently say something that could be construed as admitting liability, which could impact your chances of getting fair compensation for the accident.
In more sinister cases, you may be misquoted by the insurance company and have a tough time proving you didn’t say what they claim you said. Within the first few days and even weeks of your accident, you won’t know the long-term injuries and damages you’re dealing with. This is not the time to make decisions about the future of your case.
Even the simplest of documents can contain fine print that puts you in a tough spot. For example, there may be fine print that waives your right to future injury claims, or there may be an agreement that you’ll give the insurance company your entire medical record. The reality is that you need a personal injury attorney to read over every document before you sign it. Call Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for more information.
When you’re in an accident, you may be entitled to more than just medical expenses – you may also be entitled to be compensated for all damages to your property. However, if that damage isn’t documented correctly, then your claim could disappear the moment you have it repaired. Your best plan is to maintain all evidence until you’ve been able to document and record its value. This is something we can help you with.
Do you have questions about how to bring a personal injury case against the at-fault party? If so, your next call should be to Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas. We offer free case evaluations so we can carefully go over your case and let you know what your options are. If you decide to take part in our services, and we decide to represent you, then your case will be taken on a contingency. This means there’s no risk to you because you won’t owe a penny unless you get a settlement.