Being involved in an auto accident in Illinois is a horrible thing. The initial accident and shock that follows are enough to put a great deal of stress on the victim. Unfortunately, the accident does not end there. Many victims of an auto accident also experience serious injuries that may cause long-term complications.
After being involved in an Illinois auto accident, it is important to speak with your insurance company in a prompt manner. When dealing with the insurance company, you should be truthful and honest. Not doing so may hinder your claim and may cross the boundaries of the law.
Many victims feel that it is okay to exaggerate or stretch the truth slightly to favor their side of the story. Three common things that an accident victim might not tell the truth about are:
- Injuries. Auto accidents often cause serious injuries, and these injuries should never be taken lightly. Some accident victims believe that if they exaggerate the extent of their injuries, it may help them with their settlement. However, this can result in destroying the claim and even put the accident victim in legal trouble for fraud.
- What happened. Insurance companies are good at what they do. They work hard to determine exactly what took place. Lying in order to support the victim’s story is usually a useless and even risky strategy. There is never a need for the accident victim to lie about what took place.
- Damage. Driving a vehicle on a daily basis sometimes creates wear and tear that may affect the visual aesthetics of the vehicle. Many times, the victim of an accident will try to get these blemishes fixed through the insurance claim. This should never be done.
If you have been involved in an auto accident be sure to be truthful and honest. To discuss your legal options, contact an experienced Illinois auto accident lawyer at Hupy and Abraham. Call 866-625-2299 today for a free case evaluation and to order a free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims.