5 Plattsburgh Car Accident Tips
Hey everyone. It’s Drew from Champlain Valley Law. In today’s video, we’re going to talk about five tips if you’ve been in a car accident in Plattsburgh, New York.
If you’ve been in a car accident in Plattsburgh or anywhere in Clinton County, there are a few things that you need to know to make sure you protect your right to a fair outcome for any insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Number one, contact emergency services.
Many people are in shock right after an accident. They often jump out of the car, proclaim “Ah, I’m fine,” only to feel racked with pain in the hours and days afterward. This can result in a delay in treatment that insurance companies will use against you.
It means that you may not get an emergency response from police officers or paramedics. In almost every case, it makes sense to call an ambulance and the police to respond to a car crash. These professionals may observe things about your medical condition or the circumstances of the crash that may become very important down the road to your recovery.
The New York State Police, for instance, is very experienced with accident investigation and the emergency department at CVPH sees many people every day who’ve been involved in car crashes. These folks will make sure that you get the care that you need as well as accurately document what happened to you.
Number two, use a written or video injury diary and record your recovery.
An accident is something most people want to forget, but if you’re presenting an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, there are some memories that you’ll want to have access to.
In most cases, you won’t really get a chance to tell your story until months or even years after the accident. And by then some of the worst days will be behind you, and it can be really hard to conjure them in testimony.
A short diary entry with a sentence or two about a special event missed. A story about your first steps after surgery. You could even share taking your first bike ride along the Terry Gordon bike path after the injury. These written stories should be more than enough to recreate those dark days when the time comes.
Number three, avoid using social media after your car accident
Now, admittedly, this can be a hard trap to avoid. But trust me, if you make a personal injury claim or file a lawsuit, everyone from the insurance adjuster to the jurors will be checking out your profile.
And while you can and should make your privacy settings as tight as possible. You are not allowed to delete or remove posts, which are in any way connected to the accident, your injury, or your recovery. Now the courts interpret this rule very broadly, and if you don’t follow it, it can have a very negative impact on your case.
Your best bet is to avoid the subject altogether on social media.
Number four, focus on your recovery.
The truth is you really shouldn’t be thinking about your injury claim in the days after an accident. Now, yes, it’s important that evidence such as photos of the scene and reports of your condition are created.
But the best thing that you can do for yourself and for your injury claim is to get well. Follow the advice of your care providers. If they recommend a specialist, make the appointment. If they suggest home exercises, do them and don’t miss appointments without a good reason.
Not only will you get better more quickly, but along the way, you’re proving to the insurance companies, and maybe even a jury, that you’re invested in getting well, and this is good for your credibility.
Number five, don’t talk to the other driver’s insurance adjuster unless you absolutely have to.
Insurance companies would have you believe they need to hear your side of the story to pay you fairly. But in reality, they rarely use your statements as anything other than a reason to deny your claim. Or they use your statement reduce the amount that they pay you.
Almost all insurance companies who pay car accident claims use computer programs, which input data from your medical records and the accident report to decide how much your claim is worth. They aren’t interested in hearing from you how hard it’s been.
See our video on talking to adjusters for more on this subject.
And finally, a bonus tip number six, talk to an injury lawyer.
Give an injury lawyer a call. The consultation is free in most cases because we don’t get paid unless you do. Now not every case is worth hiring a lawyer for, but you can get some guidance and advice about your situation and how to make the most of it.
Summary 5 Plattsburgh Car Accident Tips
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