Reported motor vehicle accidents resulting in death have increased for the second year in a row. Currently the number of fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents in Georgia is more than twice the national average. Distracted driving, speeding, and alcohol have all been linked to this increase and currently the statistics show no indication that the numbers will decrease. Even though thousands of motor vehicle accidents take place each year most people are ill-prepared when they find themselves involved in a fender bender. After an accident occurs many people are tempted to handle insurance claims without legal assistance, and while it is possible to settle a claim without help there are dangers associated with do it yourself accident claims negotiations.
Friendly Claims Adjusters
It is not unusual for claims adjusters to present themselves as caring and concerned individuals who are eager to help you move forward with the claim. In reality the claims adjusters are the employees of a company that expects them to spend as little money to settle a claim as possible. They want to protect their company and ultimately want to look out for the other driver who pays their company for coverage. Often people handling their own insurance claims are lulled into a false sense of comradery that is used to get them to make statements that ultimately hurt their claim.