If you are involved in a car accident and are injured, it is very important that you immediately take steps to protect your rights.
First, you should always call the police no matter how minor the accident seems. This is important so that a proper record is made of the accident. If the responsible party is uninsured, a police report is required in order to make a claim for uninsured motorist coverage.
Seek medical treatment immediately. Often, people involved in a car accident do not go to the emergency room or urgent care center. An insurance company will use this against you in an attempt to argue that you are not injured, or that your injury is not severe. Even if you do not believe you are injured, you are better off getting examined by a medical professional in order to rule out injury.
Do not give a statement to the responsible party's insurance company. An adjuster handling your case will likely ask you to undergo a recorded statement soon after the accident. This is not required and is a tool used by the insurance company to pin you down to a statement regarding the accident and your injuries before you can seek legal representation. It is your right to refuse to provide such a statement.
Seek legal representation. The insurance companies have experienced lawyers and adjusters working for them to protect their interests. If you are injured as a result of a car accident, you need to protect your rights. Call one of our experienced auto accident lawyers at ACA Law for a free consultation. We fight for what's right.