A motor-vehicle accident in Orlando is a traumatizing experience. You are left to deal with serious pain, injury, and emotional suffering. Because of the emotional toll taken on a person after a car crash, it is not uncommon for you to want to represent yourself and work directly with the other party’s insurance company. This can be costly, as we have seen with a number of our clients.
Here are four of the most common mistakes made when trying to go it alone after an Orlando auto accident:
- Giving a recorded statement – Many insurance companies tell accident victims that they are required to give a recorded statement after their accident. This is not true. If you do provide a recorded statement to the other person’s insurance company, you risk saying something unintentionally that may be used against you later in your claim. This can cost you serious money in compensation.
- Settling for less than you deserve – The initial offer from an insurance company is usually too low to cover much of what you deserve compensation for, such as lost wages, ongoing medical treatments, etc. When the “final” offer arrives on the table, you may accept it, believing that this is the only amount you will be given. When you represent yourself, you have no way of leveraging a lawsuit threat to get more in your settlement like you can with an Orlando accident attorney.
- Believing in the system – There are many good people in the world, and unfortunately, some of these people are too trusting of insurance companies and their strategies. When you represent yourself, you may believe in the system they have in place and avoid negotiating against the set standards. The system is confusing, and without the help of an attorney, you may not get everything you deserve even under their established rules.
- Assuming the negligent driver will take full responsibility – At the scene of the accident, the other driver may have told you that they knew they were at fault. Unfortunately, it is not up to them to decide. Instead, it is up to the insurance company to determine to what extent their client was at fault. This assumption can leave you with some of the blame for an accident and out significant compensation.
Hire an Experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer
If you want to be confident that you are getting the full value of compensation that you are entitled to, it is a good idea to work with an Orlando auto accident attorney. Contact us to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you with your insurance claim.