In the immediate aftermath of a Montana car crash, you may be tempted to apologize to the other driver. You may also be tempted to downplay the severity of your injuries. However, doing so may make it harder to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. In fact, apologizing to another driver may be seen as an admission of guilt, which could result in that motorist taking legal action against you.
Make sure to take action in a timely manner
Ideally, you will seek treatment for your injuries as quickly as possible after an accident occurs. If you’re unable to walk or respond to an officer’s commands at the crash site, you may be transported directly to the hospital. In Montana, you generally have three years from the date of a motor vehicle accident to file a lawsuit. An attorney may be able to do so on your behalf.
Gather as much evidence as possible
Assuming that you are healthy enough to do so, spend as much time as possible gathering evidence at the crash site. Ideally, you will take pictures, record video footage on your phone and obtain at least one witness statement. You will also want to obtain a copy of the police report associated with the wreck.
Don’t accept the first settlement offer
Insurance companies want to resolve an accident case as quickly as possible and for as little as possible. In most cases, it is in your best interest to have an attorney review the terms of any offer that is submitted before you accept it. It is important to understand that you’re unlikely to receive any additional compensation after a settlement is reached.