If a victim speaks to an insurance representative before talking to a lawyer, he or she may naively say something that will affect their ability to seek adequate compensation.
Omaha, NE (PRWEB) October 06, 2011
As part of its ongoing commitment to victims’ rights, Terrence Salerno Law, a leading Omaha area auto accident attorney, offers timely tips for consumers who might find themselves in an automobile accident this winter.
“It is our sincere hope that drivers will never be in a position to need these tips, but unfortunately, roadway accidents are a fact of life,” said Terrence Salerno, the principal of the law firm. “We want to raise consumer awareness about what motorists should do if they are involved in a car collision. These days, you need to protect your best interests because insurance companies won’t.”
As the Midwest moves into winter driving season, Salerno reminds Nebraska residents to stay safely on the roads and have a strategy if an accident happens. This includes not discussing one’s physical condition with the other motorist and insurance companies. Downplaying injuries can be used against a victim later should his or her injuries worsen later.
“Spinal cord injuries, for example, often go unnoticed by victims for days, even weeks after an accident,” said Salerno. “If a victim speaks to an insurance representative before talking to a lawyer, he or she may naively say something that will affect their ability to seek adequate compensation.”
Salerno Law’s tips are:
1. If possible, use your cell phone camera, or a conventional camera, to snap pictures of the damage at the scene from several angles and distances. This will aid tremendously in the investigation.
2. Make sure a full accident report is made
3. Get medical attention, even if you are not sure you need it
4. Make sure the hospital and police reports document your injuries
5. Do exactly as you doctor instructs
6. Consult a personal injury attorney
“As a personal injury lawyer, I see many people refuse medical treatment or say ‘I’m fine’ after a crash, when, in fact, their injuries are serious,” Salerno said. “The trauma of an accident causes an adrenaline rush that blocks pain temporarily. That is the worst possible time to sign a waiver with insurance companies – and the companies know this.”
Residents are encouraged to write down the name of a trusted personal injury attorney, as well as these tips, and keep them in the car for peace of mind as the roads turn icy.
“Everyone should keep a copy of these five tips in the glove compartment just in case of an accident. If they do, it could have a tremendous positive affect on the outcome of their case.” Salerno said.
For media information contact Terrence J. Salerno at 866-787-2798