The Million-Dollar Question: How Long Does a Settlement for a car Accident Take?
If you’ve ever been in a car accident, then you know how they tend to affect every aspect of your life. This is especially true if you were injured in the accident. You have to deal with the insurance companies, the car shop, frequent the doctor’s office—the list goes on and on.
One of the worst parts about a car accident is waiting on your accident claim. Getting the money you’re owed can seem to take an eternity. What most people don’t realize, however, is that there are a few things you can do following an accident to help speed up the process.
Here’s everything you can do following an accident to help you get your claim as quickly as possible.
#1: Get Law Enforcement to the Scene
Right after a car accident, you need to call the police to your location. Law officials will help facilitate the necessary exchanging of information between everyone involved in the accident. They will also take statements from both sides and try to paint an accurate picture of what happened. A police officer can also get you a tow truck or an ambulance depending on your injuries.
All of these tasks, tedious as they may seem, will give the insurance companies valuable information surrounding the accident and help them perform their jobs quicker, getting you your claim.
#2: Take Photos of the Scene of the Accident
Photos can be extremely valuable pieces of evidence for insurance companies. With mobile smartphones, getting evidence for your claim has never been easier. Take photos of the crash scene, your car, the other car, and any injuries suffered. This will help insurance companies know the full story and get you the right amount of money you need fast.
#3: Only Say What is Absolutely Necessary After the Accident
Time and time again, innocent, injured drivers have had their insurance claims delayed because of something they said following an accident. Your words to the police officer, other drivers, and/or witnesses of the crash can be twisted and used against you when you file for your claim.
The only thing you should say after an accident is what’s absolutely necessary: giving your story to the police officer and exchanging information with the other driver(s). Don’t apologize for the accident. Don’t speculate on the causes of the accident. By using concise, deliberate language, you will keep the insurance companies from being able to shift the blame of the accident onto you and get you your claim quicker.
#4: Get Examined By a Medical Professional
Even if you don’t think you are hurt following an accident, you should get examined by a doctor. Sometimes, accidents can cause delayed onset injuries, meaning you may be hurt, but you won’t realize it for hours or even days.
Medical examinations give necessary evidence to insurance companies and strengthen the chances of you getting your claim promptly. Keep all medical records and be prepared to use them as evidence in your claim.
At Wettermark Keith, your case matters. We have been fighting for nearly 20 years to get our clients all of the money they are owed, as quickly as possible. Don’t fight alone. Contact Wettermark Keith today!
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