I’d like to discuss with you some things you should avoid doing if you’re in a motor vehicle accident.
First and probably the most important thing should never do if you are in a motor vehicle accident is leave the scene of the accident without notifying law enforcement and waiting for law enforcement to respond and issue you a report. If you leave the scene without notifying law enforcement you cannot be certain that you correctly identified the “at fault driver” or that you’re absolutely certain of which insurance company the “at fault driver” has insurance with. It will also make you much more difficult for you to prove the circumstances of the accident if you need to down the road.
The second thing you should avoid doing if you’re in a motor vehicle accident is leaving the scene of the accident without taking photographs both cars. Pictures tells a thousand words and if you do not take photographs of both cars at the scene of the accident you cannot be certain that you’ll get photographs either car before repairs are made and the evidence of the damage to each car’s gone.
The third thing you should not do if you’re in a motor vehicle accident in South Carolina is to delay seeking medical treatment. If you’re injured in a motor vehicle accident or if you think you’re may be injured you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. If you delay seeking medical treatment particularly if you delay for a number of days or weeks then you give the insurance company the ability to argue that you were not injured in the accident because you did not seek treatment or that something occurred between the accident and the day you sought treatment that was the real cause of the injuries. For that reason it’s not advisable to delay seeking medical treatment if you’re in a motor vehicle accident.
The fourth thing you should never do if you’re in an automobile accident is give an insurance adjuster recorded statement or sign a release for your medical records. The insurance company will use your recorded statement against you if you’re required to try your case a couple years later and your memory or your testimony changes at all between the time that you give the recorded statement and the time you testify a number years down the road. The insurance company will also use the medical records release to go order all your medical records even prior to the accident an attempt to find some situation that they can blame their injuries on besides the automobile accident. For this reason you should not give an adjuster a record statement or sign any release of medical records before you’ve consulted with the knowledgeable car act like.
Finally you should never settle your case too soon before you determine the extent of the injuries and you finished treating so that you know the full amount of your medical bills. You should them consult with a knowledgeable with a knowledgeable lawyer who can help you value your case and help you settle for the amount you deserve.