Just the thought of a "release' can seem good to an accident victim. Many of those who have been hurt by a careless driver are more than ready to get their lives back, and a release may bring to mind letting go of everything related to the accident. Accident releases do allow victims and everyone else connected to the accident to let go and get the case over with. Unfortunately, though, many victims don't realize that they could be signing away their ability to take further action in the future. To find out how to make sure your accident release happens in the right way, read on.
Wait on Final Damages
The at-fault driver's insurer won't wait on anything after an accident. They know that once it's clear that their client was at fault for the accident, it's only a matter of time before they will have to face the financial hit. They may know they have to pay you something, but they will do everything they can to reduce the amount. One way they do this is by taking an aggressive stance. That can result in the following:
Don't Speak to the Other Side
The request for a recorded phone interview may catch you off-guard. Many accident victims automatically trust the insurer. After all, many of their advertisements are so cute and friendly. This adjuster, though, is all business, even if they seem to be your new best friend. Never speak to the adjuster working for the other side. Everything you say could be used to reduce your compensation.
You May Need to Put the Brakes on the Release
When you are offered a sum of money that covers your needs, you can proceed with signing it. However, you need to get what you deserve, and you might need to wait a bit before that happens. Particularly for those with serious injuries that may require medical intervention in the future, it pays to wait until you have a better idea of your future medical needs.
Get Legal Help Right Away
Personal injury lawyers won't let you fall victim a second time to the above tactics. They can take over dealing with the offender's insurer for you. They will know exactly how much compensation you are owed and they will work diligently with the other side to get you what you deserve.
Contact an auto accident lawyer near you to learn more.Share
20 October 2021
It can be hard to know what to do to protect yourself legally in the immediate aftermath of a car accident. You’re liable to be disoriented or in shock, you may be injured, and you’re surely worried about your passenger or the other driver. At least, that’s how I felt. The thing is, the things you say and do in the immediate aftermath of an accident may affect a legal case later. Depending on who’s at fault and what the laws are in your state, you may want to sue the other driver for damages, or you may find yourself being sued. My blog is designed to give you tips for a car accident lawsuit, no matter which side you find yourself on.