Car accidents can be traumatic experiences, both physically and emotionally. In the aftermath of a collision, it’s crucial to protect your rights and well-being. To help you navigate this challenging situation, here are three important car wreck tips from your trusted Louisiana personal injury attorney, Gordon McKernan.
Do not give any recorded statements to the other driver’s insurance company.
Following a car wreck, you may receive a call from the other driver’s insurance company seeking a recorded statement. While it may seem harmless, it can welcome unintended consequences. Insurance adjusters often use these statements to minimize their liability, which can ultimately affect your claim.
It’s important to consult with an attorney before speaking with any insurance company. They can provide guidance on what to say or not say, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you don’t inadvertently harm your case.
Go see a doctor.
Did you know that adrenaline can mask pain and injuries? It’s not uncommon for accident victims to feel relatively fine immediately after the collision, only to experience pain and discomfort later on.
It’s essential to seek medical attention immediately following a car wreck. Even if you don’t think you’re seriously injured, seeing a doctor can help identify hidden injuries, document your condition, and create a medical record linking your injuries to the accident.
Never accept the first offer from the other party’s insurance company.
Following a car accident, the other party’s insurance company may approach you with a settlement offer. While it may be tempting to accept a quick settlement, it’s often not in your best interest.
Insurance companies frequently aim to settle claims for as little as possible. Accepting the initial offer without an attorney could leave you undercompensated for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
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If you or a loved one is involved in a car wreck, please know that our team of experienced attorneys at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys is here to help. Give us a call for a FREE consultation about your case. We’ll get started right away, and we promise to do everything we can to get you the compensation you deserve.