The hours, days, and weeks following a car accident can be some of the most confusing times for you. Unfortunately, the problems that can arise may make it difficult for you as you go through the claims-filing process. Even though there are steps that you want to ensure you take, there are some other actions and statements you need to avoid.
Because we want you to protect your rights during life-changing events, we’ll explain three of the main things you want to avoid after a car accident. Never do these three things following a crash.
1. Never Say You’re Sorry
There are a lot of emotions that arise after a crash, and one of them may be empathy. You may feel for the other driver in the situation, even if the crash was their fault. In turn, you say sorry for something you didn’t do. In this case, an insurance adjuster will quickly consider this an admission of fault and use your statement as a way to minimize or deny your claim.
2. Never Run from the Accident Scene
We stress the importance of exchanging information after a car accident. Not only does it help your claim, but it’s also illegal to run from the accident scene without doing so. A hit-and-run accident is an illegal act and a punishable crime. Even if you suspect you are at fault, there may be some evidence that puts the other driver at fault and running from the scene jeopardizes your rights.
3. Never Deal with Insurance Adjusters Alone
Insurance adjusters are trained to act friendly towards you after a crash. While you would hope this is a genuine practice, their top priority is protecting the insurance company’s profits. They act friendly to earn your trust. However, you shouldn’t always believe everything they say, especially if they try to convince you to accept a settlement or tell you that you don’t need a lawyer.
Our Grand Junction car accident lawyers at Doehling Law are here to protect your rights. We never back down from insurance companies, and we use more than 60 years of combined experience to safeguard your rights. Let us be your voice and pursue the compensation you need and deserve.
Call our firm at (970) 292-7171 today to schedule your free consultation.