Car Accident? Auto Insurance Claims Do's And Don'ts

Guidance From A Knowledgeable Personal Injury Lawyer

After a car accident, the single most important thing to do is to seek prompt medical attention for any injuries — your own and those suffered by others involved. Even if you believe injuries are minor and you will recover on your own, getting checked out can provide peace of mind or bring awareness of problems that could arise later.

Several other steps may be critical for protecting your financial interests and ability to recover full and fair compensation for damages caused by the at-fault driver. These include:

  • Reporting the car accident to the police and your own auto insurance company as soon as possible
  • Getting insurance and contact information from the other driver or drivers involved
  • Attempting to get names and telephone numbers for any witnesses who saw the crash
  • Contacting an experienced car accident attorney prepared to advise you and advocate for your rights through every phase of insurance negotiations or a lawsuit if needed

Mistakes To Avoid For Protection Of Your Rights

Insurance companies often move quickly to protect their own interests and profits — and some representatives may use deceptive tactics to accomplish this while you are still disoriented, in pain or taking medication. Here are important guidelines to remember after any injury causing accident:

  • Do not give a statementespecially a recorded statement — to your own or the other driver's insurance company representative without first consulting a lawyer.
  • Do not sign any type of medical release or other document you do not fully understand, primarily because such documents may grant insurers legal authority to gather historical medical information useful for denying your claim or minimizing its value.

Injured? For Legal Counsel And Protection You Can Trust, Call 405-217-4118.

The professional team at the Nichols Law Firm deals with auto insurance companies and claims every day, and a key staff member is a former claims representative. Comprehensive protection of injury victims' legal rights is a clear strength, exercised every working day from full-service offices in Norman and Wewoka.

If you have questions or believe you may need skilled representation to recover compensation for injuries requiring medical attention and time off work, please contact this law firm.