Driving on the road can be nerve-racking.
Even when you try to drive safely, there are always careless drivers around you that won’t take the same precautions as you do.
Not only must you make sure that you are driving well, but you must also be aware of your surroundings so that other drivers don’t cause you to have a car accident.
While driving, there are certain safety precautions to keep in mind. Always make sure that you:
- Know where your blind spots are
- Adjust your mirrors so that you have the best visibility possible
- Secure your seatbelt as soon as you sit down and ensure that your passengers are buckled up as well
- Look around at your surroundings before backing your car out
- Do not drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Do not drive while angry or emotional
- Avoid driving in poor weather
- Keep away from distractions such as your phone calls and text messages until you are parked
- Enable voice-controlled Bluetooth so that you do not have to use your mobile device
What To Do and Avoid If An Accident Occurs To You
As soon as possible after a car accident, you should contact an attorney. The statute of limitations will begin running for you to file suit, so the sooner you call an attorney, the better the chance you will receive compensation. While this will clearly be a stressful time for you, you must make sure that you remain calm, proactive, and aware of your next choices. After calling and speaking with the police, your next step should be to contact legal help so that you do not hinder your claim.
Things to remember for your possible suit to be successful is to be extremely careful about what you say to people, including on social media and to insurance companies.
- Stay off social media: do not post anything on social media regarding your accident. This can possibly be misconstrued and/or used against you in your case. Insurance companies can easily find your profile and see what you have posted. Photos, medical concerns, and/or your injury status are all things that should be kept confidential between you and your attorney.
- Do not talk about the accident: While you may want to update your friends and family about how you are doing, it is often best not to. You never know what they will repeat that could unintentionally hurt your case. Limit your updates as much as possible until your case is complete.
- Do not give a recorded statement to an insurance company: After an accident, you are not obligated to talk to anyone about it. Insurance companies will likely try to contact you and ask for your statement, but you should refuse to do so without an attorney present. While it may not seem like a big deal, insurance companies will want to compensate you with the least amount of money possible to save money for their company. Additionally, you may not even know the extent of your injuries because you will not have had time to consult with a doctor or feel any symptoms.
If you are involved in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact our experienced legal team at O’Brien Law Firm. We will be able to review what happened and advise you on what you should do next. Call us at (716) 907-7777 as soon as you can.