Being involved in a car or truck accident is stressful, confusing, overwhelming, and life-changing. Our Ohio personal injury attorneys have compiled this list of 10 things that every person should know in the event that they are involved in a car or truck accident in Ohio.
- Seek Treatment Immediately
The smartest thing that you can do after being involved in an Ohio accident is to seek medical treatment immediately after the accident and follow the doctor’s orders that are given.
- Do not rush to settle your claim
Do not attempt to settle your claim before you complete your medical treatment. If you are initially told that you will receive a few thousand dollars as compensation, you might think that is a good deal, but then you may realize that it won’t even come close to compensating you for your injuries.
- Do not underestimate the insurance adjuster
Insurance adjusters have a huge advantage over a car or truck accident victim simply because they settle claims every day, whereas the average accident victim has never dealt with such a situation. It is imperative to contact a personal injury lawyer to help deal with the insurance companies.
- Do not provide a statement to the insurance adjuster
Do not make any statements regarding your car or truck accident until you have consulted a lawyer regarding your case.
- Do not sign medical authorization forms
Do not sign any type of authorization form that allows the insurance company to access your private medical records. You should only sign forms that have been completed by your lawyer, which makes it even more essential to contact a lawyer from the beginning.
- Document everything you can regarding your case
You should start a file for all documents relating to your case. Make copies of documents and file them according to the type – police, medical, insurance, etc.
- Honesty is the best policy
Do not lie about any of your injuries. Be honest about all injuries sustained from the accident. There is nothing that can kill your claim faster than being caught in a lie.
- Do not hide information from your lawyer
You must tell your lawyer everything regarding your case – the good, the bad, and the ugly. If they know everything, they can better prepare themselves to successfully represent you.
- Do not exaggerate your injuries
If you exaggerate your injuries from the accident, it can come back to haunt you. If an insurance company has proof of you participating in an activity that you shouldn’t be, your case could be over.
- Hire a personal injury attorney
The insurance companies that you have to deal with regarding your case are professional who deal with these matters daily. You need to have someone representing you that deals with this subject matter daily as well.
If you have been involved in an Ohio car or truck accident, call 800.637.8170 to speak to a personal injury attorney about your case. The lawyers at our office have extensive experience with accidents of this nature and can help you with your case, ensuring that you receive the compensation that is deserved.
You can also order a free copy of The Ohio Accident Book by calling our office, or click here to order directly from our website. This book contains valuable information that the insurance companies do not want you to know. It is wise for anyone who has been injured in an accident to have this valuable resource to turn to.