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5 Important Rights To Know If You Are In An Accident

If you’ve been in an accident, you have many rights. Many accident victims don’t know all their rights, and as a result receive much less compensation than they’re entitled to obtain. Here are key rights to know if you’re in an accident.
1 Right to consult your lawyer before talking to an insurance company.

Anything you say after an accident can be used against you, so consult your lawyer before talking to an insurance company. Insurance adjusters will likely try to get recorded statements from you about the accident and your injuries, and use them against you later to deny your claim or lower the value of it. Talking to your lawyer before giving a statement can prevent this from happening to you.

2 Right to receive fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you’re in an accident, you have the right to full compensation for your injuries and losses. Generally, this means enough money to put you in as close to your position before the accident. Thus, you can recover for many things, including lost wages, medical bills, costs to fix or replace damaged property, and pain and suffering.

3 Right to compensation from all parties legally liable for the accident.

In many accidents, different parties can be liable to pay your damages. For example, if your car is hit by a truck driven by someone while on the job, you can make a claim against the truck’s driver and his employer. The right to obtain compensation from all liable parties is helpful when some parties can’t afford to pay your damages.

4 Right to compensation even if you partly caused the accident.

In most states, accident victims have the right to compensation even if the accident was partly their fault.

5 Right to accept or reject settlement offers.

Your lawyer will try to get the best settlement offer for you, but the decision to accept a settlement or reject it and go to trial is up to you. Just because an insurance company or someone else says this is their best and final offer doesn’t mean you must accept it.

These are some key rights of accident victims. Knowing about and exercising them will help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries and losses. If you have questions about your rights after an accident, please call Schottenstein Law Offices TODAY at (614) 467-8474 for your free consultation.