At the Joel Bieber Firm, we are here to help you receive legal justice and fair compensation for your auto accident. We will meet with you to discuss your injury and damages to determine the best course of legal action. Contact our team today. Your first consultation is free.
Modern technology has shifted our shopping habits away from brick-and-mortar stores and malls to online shopping and delivery services. As a result, billions of packages will be shipped over the holiday season. Because there is more traffic on the roads and delivery workers are under tight deadlines, there is a higher risk of being involved in an accident.
Insurance companies are motivated to settle claims at the lowest possible cost. The settlement they offer may not be sufficient to compensate you for your injuries, medical care, and lost wages. If you have been injured in an accident, here’s what you should do to receive fair compensation:
In the event of a collision, take photos of the involved vehicles, the accident scene, your injuries, and anything else that could be relevant to your claim.
Obtain Driver Information and Registration
You will need to provide sufficient documentation to the insurance company when making your claim. Note the make, model, and license plate of any vehicle involved as well as the name, contact information, and insurance information of the delivery truck driver.
Get A Copy Of The Police Report
A police officer or a passenger in your vehicle can obtain information on your behalf if you are physically incapable. It is not recommended to depend on a police report to prove your claim, as it may not contain all the relevant information.
Gather Statements From Witnesses
Gather statements from people who witnessed the accident. Statements can be recorded in writing or on video. It’s important to do this as soon as possible because as time passes, our memories lose details and cannot be relied upon.
See A Doctor
When you are able to leave the scene, seek medical attention as soon as possible. It is important to document your injuries when filing an insurance claim. Regardless of whether you have visible injuries, a doctor can provide insight into whether a dormant injury exists.
Don’t Settle Too Quickly
After you notify your insurance company about the accident, you will likely be contacted by an adjuster from the delivery driver’s insurance company. An insurer for the other driver may attempt to coerce you into quickly settling your case.
Don’t Be Victimized, Twice
The insurance companies are motivated to settle your claim for less than you deserve. Anderson Cooper 360 aired a three-part report that exposed the dishonest methods insurance companies use to save themselves billions of dollars on claims paid to auto accident victims. These tactics, referred to as the “Three Ds,” delay, deny and defend, result in 80 percent to 90 percent of accident victims settling for minuscule amounts without engaging in litigation. Many times, victims are awarded as little as $50 or $100, despite thousands of dollars being at stake.