A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died and many more were injured in 2012 auto accidents from January through September. Being prepared before an accident can enable a victim to obtain all the necessary information that will be helpful to their case.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
Georgia auto accident victims often negatively impact their claim before they are represented by an attorney. An insurance claims adjuster from the offending driver's insurance company or from the victim's insurance company will often call shortly after an accident is reported. The claims adjuster's responsibility is to identify fraud in an auto accident claim. However, it is not uncommon for claims adjusters to confuse an accident victim and attempt to have the victim settle a claim as quickly as possible. This may preclude reimbursement for injuries that not immediately diagnosed.
A claims adjuster may also recommend a "preferred mechanic" for estimating damage following an auto accident. Such places may underestimate the vehicle's damage or may only repair some issues in an effort to minimize the insurer's cost. Auto accident victims should know that they have the right to choose where they have their vehicle inspected and repaired.
Claims adjusters work for an insurance company, and as such they have the insurer's best interests in mind. Claims adjusters will seize on any admission of wrongdoing by the auto accident victim. Seemingly harmless comments about the victim's car's low value or high miles will be used to reduce the victim's claim.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can obtain the relevant evidence including police reports.