Auto Accident Claims Insurance Company Tactics You Should Know
If you were involved in a car accident, it’s almost inevitable that you will be dealing with insurance companies in some way or another. And unfortunately, many of these insurance companies are not easy to work with. At the end of the day, they are looking out for themselves. If they see a way to avoid paying out a settlement figure, they will certainly avoid it. This is why it’s so important for you to know your rights when you are dealing with an insurance company. Most importantly, it’s essential that you have an experienced attorney on your side who knows how to deal with these insurance companies.
With all of that said, let’s take a look at some of the questionable things that you should be on the lookout for when you are working with an insurance company after a car accident.
You are offered a small settlement figure
Insurance companies don’t want to pay out a big number if they don’t have to. This is why they will often offer you a small figure right upfront. For some people, it’s an easy number to accept during a stressful time. But if you have a lawyer on your side, you can most likely fight for a much larger number.
They will try to get you with a recorded statement
If this one sounds really shady, it’s because it is! Insurance employees are trained to call victims of car accidents and talk them into submitting a recorded statement. It is a manipulative tactic that is designed to get the victim to say something that will provide the insurance agency with the power to offer a lower settlement. It’s oftentimes a small detail that the victim didn’t realize would carry so much weight in the case.
Again, this is why a lawyer is so essential. A personal injury attorney will handle all of the communication with the insurance company to ensure that the proper details are expressed.
They will ignore you for as long as possible
Again, this is a sad, but true tactic within the insurance industry. Many insurance companies will stall for as long as possible in hopes that the victim will give up on the case. They will ignore your calls and e-mails until it becomes completely frustrating. They will also hope that the statute of limitations kicks in at some point. In Oregon, the victim of a car accident has two years from the date of the accident to file suit.
Let your attorney handle the insurance companies
Don’t get fooled by any of the above tactics that these insurance companies are known to pull. A personal injury attorney will ensure that you stay on track for the type of settlement that you deserve for your injuries or damages sustained in your car accident.
If you were the victim of a car accident here in the state or Oregon, contact us today at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Accident Injury Attorneys for a free case evaluation. You can also reach us directly at: 1-800-285-8678. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve!