Being involved in a car accident can be frustrating to say the least, especially when you were the victim. You are stuck trying to figure out what you are going to do to get your car repaired, while dealing with any injuries you sustained along the way. The insurance company isn't exactly the easiest to deal with. The last thing you want to do is end up making a mistake that can cost you a lot of money on your settlement. Here are some of the things you don't want to do when injured in a car accident.
Avoiding giving out any details.
When you first start dealing with the insurance company about a settlement, you shouldn't provide them with a bunch of information about what happened just yet. You only want to tell them that you are planning on filing a claim against their company. They will try and get information from you when you least expect it. Simply tell them that you aren't at liberty to discuss what happened right now.
Avoid providing the insurance company with your medical history.
The insurance company is going to do everything they can to claim that your injuries weren't a result of the accident. Just because you might have injured your back years ago, that doesn't mean your back can't be reinjured in a car accident. Their goal is to pay you the least amount of money they can. Avoid sharing your records with the insurance company. They cannot make you give them this information. If they ask you to go to their doctor to be checked out, tell them no. You have the right to go to your own provider and send them the results.
Avoid saying that you aren't injured.
Even though you might feel okay right now, that doesn't mean you are in the clear. Many people don't notice anything until a couple days have passed. If you were to take the settlement from the insurance company now when you might end up needing medical treatment for an injury later, you wouldn't be able to go back and ask for more money. Your best bet is to tell them that you don't know the extent of your injuries and you plan on getting a check-up done through your own doctor.
By going through everything and making sure you don't make one of the mistakes above, you can make sure your car accident claim goes through without a problem. Contact a lawyer like one from Flett Manning Moore for more information.