If this is your first time pursuing compensation for a car accident, it’s important that you understand the basics of how these types of claims work and what you can do to improve your chances of getting full compensation. At Matt Hardin Law, our Dickson car accident lawyers believe that the more our clients know about the legal process and car accidents in general, the better we can work as a team to build the strongest claim possible.
Some of the most important facts to remember about car accidents include the following:
One of the most important reasons to see a doctor immediately after your accident is due to the fact that car accidents can cause internal injuries that may be asymptomatic for long periods of time. These injures can occur when the internal organs are moved inside the chest or abdomen due to extreme forces involved in car accidents. To protect your health and rights to compensation, it’s vital that you go to the hospital or see a doctor right away if you’ve been involved in a car accident.
Many people believe that it’s a bad idea to move their vehicles after car accidents due to liability risks or the chance of being considered at-fault for the accident. However, Tennessee state law protects drivers who move their cars from potential liability if they weren’t initially at-fault. If your accident occurred in an area with heavy traffic, or if you accident puts you in the direct path of oncoming vehicles, it’s best to move your vehicle and any other vehicles involved in the crash out of harm’s way.
In order to be eligible for compensation, you must report the accident to your insurance company within a certain timeframe. The sooner you call, the better your chances are of receiving compensation. If you wait too long, you may jeopardize your rights to filing a claim, and late reports within the window of eligibility can appear suspicious to insurance adjusters. However, it’s important to note that you’re not required to tell the insurance company anything about the accident other than the facts of when and where it occurred.
While you legally have up to one year from the date of the accident to file a claim for compensation, it’s vital that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. The longer you wait to get help, the more likely it is that important evidence like traffic camera footage and accident scene debris will disappear. In addition, filing a claim weeks or even months after the accident can cause the insurance company to take your claim less seriously and make it less likely to aware you full compensation.
Car accident victims are often hesitant to contact law firms after their accidents due to the perceived costs associated with legal services. But at Matt Hardin Law, we don’t charge any upfront fees for our services. Because we work on a contingency fee basis, you don’t owe us any money unless we get money for you. It’s our goal to make the legal system as open and accessible to car accident victims as possible.
If you want more information or need experienced legal representation for your auto accident claim, don’t hesitate to contact our Dickson car accident attorneys today. Just dial (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form, and let us put our experience and track record of success to work for you and your family.