Q: Should I give the other persons car insurance permission to release my car to them after a bad car accident?
Over the week I was involved in a car accident. The other person involved is 100% responsible. I ended up calling her insurance company to file a claim. Now I have her insurance company contacting me to give them permission to release my car to them. Should I speak with a lawyer first & let them handle that or give them permission in the mean time? Currently I am still looking for a lawyer
A: GOOD QUESTION
Talking to a lawyer, at least to get general information about how to proceed, is a good idea. Many, if not most, "personal injury" lawyers in NC give a FREE CONSULTATION. I put "personal injury" in quotes because an important consideration is whether there were injuries or losses due to the wreck associated with medical bills, lost wages, etc., and something more than property damage.
There not necessarily some nefarious purpose behind releasing the car. If it's been totaled and compensation for the property damage (for the vehicle only) is fair, that may pretty standard operating procedure.
BUT, it's important to make sure that releases aren't being accidentally signed that cover everything associated with the wreck.
Car wreck cases can be complicated. It's important to understand insurance companies don't make profits by paying huge settlements. They generally want to settle as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. Their job is to look out for their best interests, not yours.
Indeed, in wreck cases, the other person's insurance adjustor clearly has interests adverse to the victim in the accident.
BEST BET, talk to an experienced lawyer ASAP.
For more info: https://www.carolinaattorneys.com/car-accidents.html
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