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Mistakes To Avoid After a Rideshare Accident
We met with someone recently who had been injured in a rideshare case here in Kansas. Unfortunately, they had made a lot of mistakes that we see in a lot of these types of cases. One is they failed to collect the evidence as quickly as possible. There was a lot going on in the scene and they trusted the law enforcement or those investigating the accident to document all the evidence and take photographs and get witness information and that kind of thing. The law enforcement, other entities investigating these types of accidents, don’t always get all the information that you think that they will get so it is important to document this information, gather this evidence yourself, or if you’re not able to do that, to get an attorney involved quickly who can do that for you.
Another mistake this person had made that we see a lot is that people fail to go get the treatment that they need. Oftentimes, people have a lot of adrenaline after the accident itself and they don’t think they need to go get treatment, but even then, in the days following when they realize that they do have injures, they hope that they get better, they hope that they won’t have to go get treatment and so they don’t go get treatment. That is a huge mistake. You really need to get started with someone right away. Sometimes the injuries are more significant than they seem and the faster you start treating for those injuries, the better recovery you’ll have. The more time that goes by without documenting those injuries as part of the medical record, the more difficulty you will have with the insurance company in resolving your case.
Another common mistake that we see is people give a recorded statement to the insurance carrier. They think they can’t do any harm to their case. They’re just going to tell the truth; the insurance carrier’s whole goal, however, is to delay and deny your case so they’re looking to gather whatever evidence they can to help them do that. They will ask questions in a tricky way in a certain way and sometimes even in a certain order, all designed to help them gather the evidence they need to delay and deny your claim. Don’t give an insurance statement without hiring an attorney first.
Finally, one of the biggest mistakes we see is when people hire the wrong attorney. You hired someone who is not familiar with these types of cases, is not skilled in handling these cases, or is not a trial attorney and does not work the case up in your best interest from the get-go. Avoid this by getting the right attorney and getting an attorney quickly.
It doesn’t cost anything. You can hire an attorney to help you with your rideshare accident injury case typically on a contingency fee. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee, meaning they are paid a percentage of what they recover for you. You do not have to pay anything upfront. You do not have to pay a retainer like you will with other types of attorneys. You don’t have to pay anything as we pursue the case and handle the claim as you’re getting treatment and getting your life back. The only time that we are paid is when you are paid, and that payment is a percentage of the amount that we recover for you. You never have to come up with money out of your pocket to hire an attorney to help you with your rideshare accident injury case.
We had someone call the other day who had been injured in a rideshare accident. They were being contacted by the insurance carrier and wanted to know if it was okay to go ahead and talk to the insurance carrier. My advice is do not talk to the insurance carrier. Don’t ever give a statement to the insurance carrier. The insurance carriers do a great job of advertising and commercials and other ways of making us feel like they care about us and they’re going to take care of us when we’re injured in an accident, but the truth is that when you are injured in an accident, the insurance company wants to do everything they can to avoid having to pay anything on your claim, either denying your claim entirely or at a minimum delaying payment on your case. Their whole focus in taking a statement from you is to gather the evidence that will help them do that. You may feel like you are just going to be honest so there’s no harm in talking to the insurance carrier, but there are things, even though you are being honest, there are things that insurance carrier will do. They’re very skilled at doing this. They will ask questions in a certain way in a certain order in collecting evidence to help them delay or deny your claim. Do not give a statement to the insurance carrier. Hire an attorney that can help you and represent you through that process.
Were you or a loved one severely injured in a rideshare accident in Kansas and have questions about our rideshare accident injury tips? Contact our experienced Kansas rideshare accident lawyers today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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