Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident
If were recently injured in a car crash and are reading this blog, chances are you’ve long since left the accident scene. Even if you made mistakes at the crash scene that could hurt your claim, that doesn’t mean you’re ineligible for compensation. An experienced Roanoke car accident lawyer can help you maximize your chances of receiving full damages, but it’s vital that you avoid making further missteps while your claim is being built.
The three most common mistakes people make after they’ve left crash scenes include:
- Not reporting their crashes to their insurers.
Even if you have no intention of filing a claim against your own auto insurance, you still need to report it to them. Failing to do so within a short time after your crash can make you ineligible to receive compensation from them, which you may need depending on the other driver’s insurance coverage.
- Discussing their injuries or cases on social media.
Insurance adjusters are always looking for ways to reduce or deny claims. Social media platforms make it easier than ever for them to find “gotcha” evidence to use against injured victims, including descriptions of their injuries that conflict with their claims, pictures of them participating in activities that they should be too injured to do, and more.
- Waiting too long to call a lawyer.
Virginia’s statute of limitations for injury and accident claims is two years from the date they occurred. But you shouldn’t wait nearly long enough for time to run out. Waiting even a matter of weeks after your crash can make it harder to win your claim because evidence may be harder to find and witnesses may be more difficult to track down. Call a lawyer ASAP.
After a crash that wasn’t your fault, you need experienced legal representation. Call Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Should You Ever Accept the Insurance’s Company Settlement Offer After a Crash?
Most people have heard of injured victims having a hard time getting compensation after accidents that weren’t their fault. So if you’re ever involved in a crash, you may be surprised to find out that the other driver’s insurance company is offering you a settlement right away. It’s rare, but it happens. When it does, what should you do?
First, it’s important to note that insurance companies work hard to protect their profits. If they went around paying every victim fair compensation immediately after accidents and injuries that weren’t their fault, they would quickly go broke. Instead, they find ways to reduce or deny claims.
When insurance companies offer settlements unprompted, it often means that the facts of the cases look very bad for their clients and their bottom lines. By offering unprompted settlements, they can minimize their financial losses. That’s because when victims accept settlements, they can’t ask for more compensation later. They can only get the amount of money that was in their initial settlements.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we’ve seen this tactic play out many times. We’ve heard from countless injured victims who accepted those fast settlement offers, only to later realize they needed more money. Unfortunately, they signed away their rights to ask for more money when they accepted.
Simply put, never accept the insurance company’s initial offer without knowing exactly what your claim is worth. The best way to do that is to have an experienced Roanoke auto accident lawyer on your side. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll help you learn the value of your claim.
Are You Eligible for Punitive Damages After an Injury?
When injured victims file personal injury claims, they want to be compensated fairly for their damages and their losses.
For many people, this amount goes beyond the money they need to pay for their medical bills and lost wages. They also need money to compensate them for losses that can’t be easily calculated—i.e., their pain and suffering.
If you’re thinking about filing a personal injury claim, you’ve undoubtedly heard about both types of damages: economic and non-economic. But you also may have heard of a third type of damages: punitive. These damages can be a factor in some cases, but usually only when they go to trial.
And instead of being awarded to compensate victims, they are designed to punish offenders. The victims receive the money and can do with it as they please, but that’s not it’s purpose. For that reason, it’s difficult for victims to negotiate for punitive damages.
Instead, these damages are typically decided in court. They are also usually only ordered when liable parties were extremely reckless, negligent, or acting with malice. An example of a case where punitive damages may come into play is a drunk driver whose BAC was significantly over the legal limit and who had a long history of drunk driving arrests causing a crash that severely injured others.
At Skolrood Law Firm, we can help you understand how much compensation you may be owed and whether punitive damages may be a factor in your claim. Contact our Roanoke auto accident lawyers anytime for a free consultation.