What should I do if the at-fault driver of my accident calls me?

A car accident scene can be a stressful and chaotic place. Many accident victims have not been involved in a crash before and are unsure of what to do. They may realize later that they have unanswered questions or need further information. In some cases, the driver who caused the crash may reach out to those involved. However, Myrtle Beach injury victims should take care when it comes to any discussion with the at-fault driver and his insurance company. Communicating with the at-fault driver after a Myrtle Beach Car Accident Derrick Law Firm

Avoid Discussing the Accident With the At-Fault Driver

If the police were called to the accident scene and insurance companies are involved, there is no need for any interaction between the at-fault driver and those hurt in the crash. It is the job of the insurance adjusters to obtain the information they need from the appropriate parties and resolve the claim. Adjusters understand how the process works, and they know where to find the answers to any questions they may have.

If the at-fault driver does contact a victim, the victim should simply refer him to the insurance adjuster. There is nothing to be gained through a conversation with the other driver, and it can put victims at risk. Much like talking with an insurance adjuster, the at-fault driver may be fishing for information or comments that can be used to unfairly shift blame onto the victim.

Protect Your Rights by Limiting Communication

Additionally, while it can be tempting to try to work the matter out privately with the at-fault driver, this is rarely a good idea. Despite the hope that a personal arrangement can save either side money by keeping insurance premiums down, it is a risky endeavor. The other driver may not live up to his end of the bargain, and victims may find themselves in a very difficult position. Ultimately, victims may lose out on vital compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repair and replacement.

If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a car accident, call the police to report the accident immediately. 

Have You Been Injured In A South Carolina Area Car Accident?

If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Myrtle Beach, South Carolina office directly at 843.488.3165 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Conway, Murrels Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

 

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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.