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Mistakes to Avoid In a Tennessee Auto Accident Claim

If you have been involved in an auto accident in Memphis, TN then you know the claims process can be confusing and stressful. It's important to understand that the insurance company for the at-fault driver will not simply hand over money for compensation because they want to do the right thing. In fact, insurance companies exist to make money, and one of the ways they are successful is by limiting the amount of payout on legitimate claims.

Knowing how to deal with the insurance companies, and common mistakes to avoid can help you successfully recoup damages and compensation after you have been injured in a Tennessee auto accident. For instance:

· Don’t provide a recorded statement to the insurance company. This will only allow the insurance company to phrase questions in a way they want them to be asked and answered. Simply put, they will ask leading questions that will help support their narrative of the accident, not yours.

· Don’t wait to hire an attorney. To avoid giving a recorded statement and to ensure a stress-free claims process, immediately hire an experienced Tennessee auto accident attorney. Hiring an attorney shortly after being involved in an accident will usually guarantee more compensation than one would get when negotiating the matter themselves.

· Don’t accept the insurance company’s first monetary offer. When insurance companies realize their insured was at fault, will try to get a claimant to accept their first offer and immediately sign a release that will absolve them of future liability, thus ending the claim. Even if you don’t want to hire a personal injury attorney you can always have a member of The Chiozza Law Firm review any potential offers. We will give you an honest overview of your claims to help you determine if you should accept the insurance company's offer. Our years of negotiating claims on behalf of thousands of clients have helped us understand what is fair in most instances.

· Refrain from using social media during the claims process. In a previous blog, we discussed how insurance companies will closely examine your social media accounts both before and after your accident to see if they can use them to their advantage. If you are claiming a back injury from the accident and post a picture of yourself working out at the gym a week later, you can rest assured the insurance company will use that against you.

If you have been involved in an auto accident in Tennessee a member of The Chiozza Law Firm auto accident team will happily discuss all of your rights and options in detail while also answering any legal questions you may have. Even if you do not want an attorney, we would be happy to provide a free consultation.


The Chiozza Law firm has years of courtroom experience in handling all types of misdemeanor and felony charges, including driving offenses, drug charges, theft of property, passing bad checks, and many other felony matters.   

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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 11:48 AM
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