Dealing with the aftermath of a truck accident requires patience and organization when you want to do anything but wait or keep track of reports and forms. You’re trying to get your claim to the insurance company. You might have to do this while recuperating from injuries you got in the accident.
Insurance companies don’t automatically approve claim forms, so you should focus on doing all you can to help your claim form. Some of your actions at the scene of the accident or after might jeopardize your truck accident claim.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident, you need a truck accident lawyer. Bey & Associates can help. Our team of experienced and compassionate lawyers will work as hard as they can to get you results.
Avoiding the following mistakes could help you lessen the chance of a denied claim:
Not Involving the Police
The DMV lists what you should do if you’re in an accident in Georgia. One big mistake you can make at the scene of the accident is not calling the police. After an accident, you and the other driver might decide that you don’t need immediate medical attention. You might have injuries that you don’t realize at that moment, so you should call the police and get medical attention anyway. The police will write a report as a third party to the accident, so you’ll have a factual report of what happened. The officer could also interview witnesses who have crucial information about the accident. Evidence for the other driver’s fault could be the piece that approves your claim.
No Photographic Evidence
After an accident, take as many photos of the vehicles and of your injuries as you can. They will corroborate what’s stated in the police accident report. If you’re injured, take photos but also get medical attention and a report as soon as possible. If you wait a long time and the injuries get worse, the insurance company could deny your claim because you took a long time getting to the doctor.
Apologizing for the Accident
While it might seem natural to say, “I’m sorry,” to the other person after the accident regardless of fault, you’re giving the insurance company a way to deny your claim. Apologizing implies that you have something to be sorry for, so that statement could show your guilt.
Not Meeting with a Lawyer First
Before you begin the claim process, meet with a truck accident lawyer. They know how to handle these unique cases and can tell you what you need to do to make your claim legitimate and difficult to deny. The insurance company might want you to make a statement about the accident. Your lawyer will advise you on how to do this so you don’t put your claim at risk of denial.
But if the insurance company denies your claim, you can file a lawsuit. Your lawyer will help you throughout this process and they already know your case from working on the claim.
Speaking out on Social Media
Many people post about their lives on social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter. Don’t post about your accident publicly. If you post comments attacking the other driver or the insurance company, those comments can be used against you to deny your claim.
Do I Need an Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer?
Have you or a loved one been in a truck accident in Georgia? You need a law firm that’s going to fight for your rights. Bey & Associates will go above and beyond to help you file a claim or a lawsuit if need be.
When you speak up for yourself legally, you send a message to the other party. Their reckless behavior caused a crash and you’re standing up for yourself. It might prevent this driver from making risky decisions in the future.
Don’t wait another minute. Call us today at (404) 344-4448 and we’ll discuss your options.