Nobody wants to get into an automobile accident. Whether you drive a car, take the bus, or ride your bike, most of us do everything we can to avoid colliding with others on the road. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to remain safe, accidents can still happen. While sometimes these collisions are due to negligence or poor driving, sometimes they are simply honest mistakes.
If you drive a car frequently, it is important that you are prepared for any scenario. Aside from keeping a spare blanket and first aid kit in your trunk, it is important that you know what to do if you get into an accident. With the right preparation and action plan, you may be able to mitigate the damage and avoid paying for costly car repairs, not to mention injuries and other consequences.
Follow these steps if you are involved in a car accident.
If you find that you are relatively unscathed, you can move on to check on others in the car. If anyone is hurt, or if there is significant damage, call 911.
However, if your car can still drive, carefully move your car to the side of the road.
Many people believe that their insurance company is there to protect them after an accident. Though this is true in theory, the reality is that insurance companies are businesses first and foremost. They want to maximize profits and minimize payouts whenever possible. Because of this, they have many tactics to get individuals to inadvertently admit fault after a car accident.
Some examples of insurance company tactics include:
If you aren’t accustomed to these tactics, they can be extremely hard to spot and even more difficult to combat.
If you don’t catch insurance company tactics as they happen, you may find yourself financially responsible for a large number of repairs and medical bills. Your own insurance company may even refuse to pay, depending on the severity of the accident and the cost of the bills. Having an attorney on your side can help you to navigate both the other driver’s insurance and your own. When you are contacted by insurance companies, you can reroute them directly to your lawyer, who will answer their questions in an appropriate, diplomatic fashion that won’t ruin your case.
Many people mistakenly believe that car accidents are not large enough issues for attorneys to take on. On the contrary, car accidents can create significant legal issues and can end up ruining a family’s finances. An attorney can help to make sure that a single collision does not financially ruin you.
When it comes to car accidents and personal injury cases, no one can represent you better than our team at The Law Offices of Craig F. Castle. We’ve been serving the San Diego area for over 40 years. Our team can help you to navigate the tough world of insurance and help to preserve your family’s finances and livelihood. Though we cannot undo the damage done to your property and body, we can help you to minimize further damage from predatory insurance companies and medical bills.
For more information or to schedule a consultation with us, please contact us online today.