If you have been in an accident you are all too familiar with the urge to tell your story to anyone who is willing to lend an ear. And, while it is perfectly acceptable to give all the details to law enforcement officials, medical care providers, and your attorney; there are some people you should avoid talking to after an accident. Not everyone is on your side or has your best interests at heart, but because the time after a wreck is confusing, it can be hard to figure out who should listen to what you have to say.
Two people not to talk to after an accident, especially if you are considering making a personal injury claim are:
- An insurance adjuster: this could be an adjuster from your own company, if you have reported the accident to them; but will more likely be an adjuster from the other driver’s insurance company. Even though it is important to have an accurate written account of the facts, this can be accomplished without taking a phone call from the other side. We can help you to sort through what happened, and provide a written statement to any adjuster that calls you.
- The other driver: it might seem rude or harsh to stonewall the other driver, and if there are serious injuries it is perfectly OK to inquire as to the well-being of everyone involved in an accident. That said, you should not sit down and try to hash out who did what while on the accident scene, or even in the days after. Communications you have with the other side should only go through their attorney or other representative. In this way, you can be assured only relevant information is provided.
It is also a good idea to avoid posting comments about your accident on social media. There are cases where this type of information has been used at trial, or in settlement negotiations. Because many social media posts are made when heads are less than level, the content may end up hurting your case. Rather than take matters into your own hands, call us for help. We will handle your case for you, which allows you to focus on your daily life rather than on how to repair what has been broken. Call us for more information.
If you have been in an accident, call our office to learn what steps to take next. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.