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Steps to follow and avoid when handling your Virginia vehicle accident claim

| Apr 8, 2021 | Personal Injury

Motor vehicle accidents remain a leading cause of personal injury for many Leesburg residents. You may incur costly medical bills as a result. 

Many car accident victims end up filing a lawsuit against the negligent motorist that left them injured. The steps that you take after your accident can affect your case’s outcome.

Unexpected expenses car accident victims may incur

Often, vehicle accidents result in severe injuries, which usually cost victims much more than they anticipated. Some of these expenses include:

  • Transport by ambulance
  • Hospital or emergency room bills
  • Private physician expenses
  • Lost income from missing work

Other possible expenses include prescription medications, X-rays, surgery, rehabilitation therapy and other associated medical services.

Steps to take to strengthen your claim

You can take steps in the wake of your vehicle accident to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries. You may want to do the following to ensure that this happens.

  • Call your insurance provider immediately or as soon as possible.
  • Have someone take photos of the accident scene and your injuries.
  • Take notes on everything related to your accident, especially conversations with insurance representatives.
  • Consult with an experienced lawyer to learn how to protect your interests.

These tips can help you deal with insurance companies and may strengthen your injury lawsuit if you choose to file.

Measures that can weaken your claim

While there are many steps that you may want to take following an accident, there are several things that you should never do after your vehicle crash, including: 

  • Sign any releases or waivers 
  • Provide written or recorded statements requested by insurance companies.
  • Accept or cash checks that say “final payment”
  • Assume that you must accept appraisals or estimates provided by insurance companies

You might jeopardize receiving the compensation that you deserved if you were to carry out any of the above-referenced actions too soon in your case.

Guidance in handling your auto accident case

Many car crash victims find themselves inundated with calls from insurance companies and others in the days and weeks following an accident. You may find it challenging knowing who it’s safe to speak to or what you should say to them. An attorney can provide guidance in this respect.