If you’ve been involved in a car accident in 2020, you’ll need to handle things a little bit differently than you otherwise might. The ever-present threat of COVID-19 means that whether you’ve just been in an accident or you’re in the middle of a case, you need to know some important information about how to proceed and what to expect.
If You’ve Just Been in an Accident
If you’ve just been involved in a car accident in 2020, there are some important things to keep in mind.
At the Accident Scene
In this time of global pandemic, you can never let your guard down. Even amidst the shock and confusion of a car accident, it’s important to protect your health and that of others. Consequently, you should take precautions if you’ve just been in an accident. Stay distanced from others, use a face covering, and don’t touch other people’s things if you can help it.
If you’ve been in an accident, you’ll need to talk to the other driver just as you normally would, but you’ll want to take care not to get closer than six feet to avoid spreading germs. You’ll also want to avoid handling the other driver’s documents or phone if you can help it.
After the Accident
In the time of coronavirus, you may be tempted to skip the hospital, but don’t. After a car accident, it is essential to be examined by a medical professional for two reasons. First, car accidents can cause injuries that you may not even be aware you’ve suffered, and you need to be medically evaluated to make sure your life and health aren’t at risk after an accident.
Secondly, it’s very important to get documentation and proof of any injuries you may have suffered for the sake of your future claim. If you don’t get treatment immediately after the accident and later develop severe back pain or neck problems, you probably won’t be able to prove that these injuries resulted from your accident.
Additionally, as soon as you can after your accident and hospital visit, you should contact the personal injury attorneys at Tucker Griffin Barnes, P.C. for a free consultation regarding your case.
If You’re in the Middle of a Case
If you’re in the middle of a car accident claim, you should be aware that things may look a bit different in 2020, but you can still successfully resolve your claim if you continue to follow the correct steps.
Keep Up With Your Medical Appointments
You may wonder if it’s a good idea to continue attending medical appointments when you run the risk of contracting COVID, but don’t neglect your healthcare. Proof of your injuries will be crucial evidence in your case, and keeping up with your appointments will give you the best chance of recovery from your injuries.
Be Prepared for Delays and Complications
The vast majority of car accident cases settle before court, but keep in mind that if you do go all the way to trial you may be affected by delays. More likely, your attorneys and the defendant’s insurance company attorneys will continue to negotiate a settlement on your behalf, but as this isn’t required to be done in person, the negotiations in your case probably won’t be affected much by the pandemic.
Think About Financials
COVID-19 has caused economic disaster for many people, and if you’re one of them, you may have to heavily consider your financial situation when deciding whether to accept a settlement offer. The insurance company may also be more stingy with their money if they’ve been deeply affected financially. If you can afford to wait it out, settlement negotiations may turn more in your favor, but this may not be an option for some victims.