Being in a car accident can be a frightening experience, not to mention one that raises many questions about what happens next. At the office of Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law, our Revere car accident attorney is here to answer those questions, and guide you through the process of recovering damages. In the meantime, here are three dos and don’ts to keep in mind after a crash–
3 Things to Do after a Crash
There are a number of things that you should do after a car accident in Revere. Three of the most important include:
- Call the police and report the accident. Even if you don’t think that your accident is serious enough to warrant reporting, our lawyer strongly recommends filing a report with the police and requesting a copy of the report. Having proof of the accident will be essential when filing your car accident claim. What’s more, Massachusetts law requires that all car accidents that result in bodily injury or/and damage in excess of $1,000 be reported.
- Get medical care. Just like reporting an accident, even if you don’t think that your injuries are serious, getting medical care is something you should always do after a crash. This should be done within 24 hours of the crash, and you should follow your doctor’s instructions to a T. Keep detailed medical records too.
- Report your accident to your insurance company. Finally, the third thing that is an absolute must is to report your car accident to your motor vehicle insurance company as soon as possible, but always within 48 hours. If you don’t give your insurer proper notice, they may deny your claim.
3 Things to NEVER Do after a Crash
Just as there are many ‘to dos’ after a crash, so are there some things that you should not do. These include:
- Admit fault. No matter how tempted you are to do so, and even if you believe that the accident was your fault, never, ever admit fault. Admitting fault can have major repercussions on your claim – only share this information with your lawyer.
- Lie or exaggerate. When filing your police report or speaking with an insurance adjuster, lying about or hyperbolizing how the accident occurred or the extent of your damages can have catastrophic consequences. Stick to the basics, be honest, and say “I don’t know” when you’re unsure of an answer.
- Accept a first settlement offer. After a Revere car accident, you may be tempted to accept the first settlement you’re offered, but you should refrain from doing so. First-time settlement offers are often much lower than claimants really deserve, and by negotiating your settlement, you may be able to get more.
Call Our Revere Car Accident Attorney Today
For legal counsel in navigating the claims process from a professional you can trust, call Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law, today. Deborah Gold-Alexander has over 30 years’ experience in car accident law, and is dedicated to her clients. Schedule your free consultation today by sending a message or calling our law office.