The Insurance Company May:
1. Tell you that you don’t need a lawyer.
2. Ask you to sign documents that you don’t understand.
3. Tell you that you don’t have a case.
Auto accidents have become a daily occurrence on the roads and highways of America. Victims of car accidents that are the result of another driver’s negligence or wrongdoing may be entitled to damages for personal injury, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and property damage. There may be a time limit to when you can file your claim, so it is imperative that victims of car accidents in Massachusetts contact our lawyers as soon as possible.
Even though victims who suffer injuries in accidents caused by other drivers may be able to recover compensation through personal injury claims, many victims of car accidents are so shaken after the incident that they do not take the time to gather evidence or document the specifics of the accident. It is important to remain coherent so that you can organize your thoughts and make strong mental notes of the accident scene. There are certain things victims of car accidents in Massachusetts can do to strengthen their case, including:
- Gather names and addresses of the other driver(s) and passengers
- Gather names and addresses of anyone who witnessed the car accident. If someone saw the accident, make sure you get their name and telephone number.
- Gather insurance information, including the name of the insurance company and policy number. It is important to call you insurance company right after the accident. Do not wait more than 24 hours.
- Always call the police so a report will be made. When the police arrive, tell the officer what happened. The other driver may try to spin the facts differently so you need to be heard.
- Document damages to your vehicle and the vehicle that hit you. Take photographs of the scene and any traffic signals or signs that are there. Try to use a camera rather than a cell phone, if possible.
- Document any injuries sustained as a result of the car accident, including head injury, lacerations or bruises to the body.
- NEVER admit fault after an accident, especially to the police.
- DO NOT tell the police you are okay after the crash. Many times soft tissue injuries exhibit none or very few symptoms but ususally get worse later on. Also bear in mind that the excitement and confusion of the accident may mask any symptoms or stiffness that you may be having.
- If you think you may be injured, seek treatment as soon as possible. Delays may lead the insurance company to claim that you were not really hurt in the accident. Think carefully before you relate your symptoms to your healthcare provider. Sometimes only the major area of immediate pain is related to the health care provider and other minor injuries become problematic later bu were not mentioned at first.
If an accident has changed your life, we can and will seek justice for you and your family and ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled and will fight hard for your legal rights.
Just Remember: insurance adjusters are trained to gather information that is detrimental to your claim, settle the case for as little as possible, and with as many delays as they can.