The Don’ts of a Car Accident?
Were you in an auto accident and wonder what your next steps are? If your answer was yes it’s crucial that you schedule a consultation with a qualified Portland personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Dawson Law Group we would be honored to guide you through the claims process. Each of our Portland attorneys is well versed in personal injury law. As a firm we have a reputation of excellence and success. Often our clients in car accident cases make mistakes early on that can be detrimental to the claims process. Below we have outlined what not to do during a car accident personal injury claim.
Do NOT Give a Recorded StatementThe other driver’s insurance company will attempt to get you to give a recorded statement where you go over the details of the accident.. They will do all that they can to place the fault on your shoulders. Often they will take your statement out of context and say that you were at least partially at-fault for the accident. You are not required to give a recorded statement and absolutely have the right to refuse. Have your Portland personal injury attorney handle the insurance company. They have the knowledge necessary to know when the insurance company is out of line or trying to take advantage of you.
Do NOT Immediately Accept the Appraisal of DamagesWhen you are given the appraisal of damages to your vehicle, review it with your Portland personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies are known for attempting to low ball repairs. Carefully go over the appraisal. Your lawyer will be able to identify when the insurance company is attempting to take advantage of you.
Do NOT Sign Waivers or Release FormsThe at-fault party’s insurance company will attempt to get you to sign waivers or release forms, consult with a Portland personal injury attorney first. In order to make sure that you receive full restitution sign nothing until you meet with an attorney. They will be able to determine if the restitution you are receiving is a fair amount and keep you from signing any documents that may prevent you from being paid what you are due.
Do NOT Accept a Check That Says “Final Payment”If you are receiving restitution in the form of a check make sure that it does not say “final payment” unless it is, in fact, the final payment. The insurance company may argue that because you cashed a check that had “final payment” written on it, that it should be the last payment. It won’t matter to them if you have received the full agreed upon amount.
Car Accident Resources:
- Car Accident Claim Overview
- Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions
- What to Do After a Car Accident
- What to Expect from your Car Accident Claim
- Negotiating with Car Insurance Companies
- Recently Won Car Accident Claims
- Calculating Pain and Suffering for an Auto Accident
- Auto Accidednt Property Damage FAQs
- Oregon DMV- Your Responsibilities in an Accident
- Oregon Traffic Accident and Insurance Report (Oregon DMV Form 735-32)
- National Safety Council