The Dangers of “Trusting the System” After Your Vancouver Car Accident
Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Everything that has happened since your Vancouver auto accident has been kind of a blur.
Whether it has been a few days or even a week or two, you are finding it hard to manage your life, health, relationships, work, and family obligations. Your life feels like it has been flipped upside down; perhaps it literally was, if you were in a rollover accident.
You want certainty. You want to fall back into trusted arms—to let other people take care of you while you get your bearings and rebuild your life.
We hate to be bearers of bad news, but that is not going to happen.
When you are in the mindset to trust an insurance company or the apparent good faith of gestures of a driver who hit you, you are setting yourself up for potential devastation.
Here are a couple of ways this nightmare scenario can occur:
- Several days after your crash, the insurance adjuster calls your house to ask how you are feeling. You say something innocent like “pretty good” or “things are looking up.” In context, that was obviously meant to imply that you are not as hurt as you were in the minutes after the crash. However, you are still feeling pretty rotten. Still, the adjuster notes the exact words you used and the insurer throws them back at you months later in court to try to claim that you suffered no injuries whatsoever. It sounds sinister, but that is exactly the kind of stuff insurers do on a daily basis.
- The insurance company may offer you an insultingly low settlement offer and tell you that you need to accept the money or you will not get anything. The company may also tell you to avoid getting in contact with a Vancouver car accident lawyer because “your case is small and not worth the lawyer’s time.” Let a good lawyer decide that—not an insurance company!
If you do settle for less, you might not feel the pain of your lack of assertiveness for months or even years. However, when the bills start to stack up or you find yourself out of work for years, the nature of the crisis will become tragically clear.
Prevent yourself from being trapped in this false, overly-trusting paradigm. Get the real scoop on what you can and should do after your accident by calling a Vancouver auto accident lawyer on the McComb Witten team now at 604-255-9018 to get a detailed and free evaluation of your case. You may also wish to download a free copy of our special report entitled I've Been in a Car Accident, What Should I Do? The Car Accident Victim's Tool Kit for additional information.
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