Top Ten Tips after an Auto Accident:

  1. Get needed medical treatment right away. If you delay, the insurance company will deny or minimize your claim.
  2. Follow all of your doctor’s recommendations.
  3. Take lots of photos of the damage to your vehicle.
  4. Do not sign anything from an insurance company without reading it very carefully.
  5. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible after an auto accident and cooperate with their requests.
  6. Do not give a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company. They are trained to achieve one goal: to pay as little as possible for your claim. Give only the minimum information necessary to open a claim. Do not discuss the extent of your injuries or details about the collision.
  7. Be polite and professional even when the insurance company is not. If you get upset, tell them that you are not feeling well and you will call back later.
  8. Document everything related to your accident. Write down claim numbers, names and phone numbers of insurance representatives, your doctors and the incident number.
  9. What you tell your doctor will be in your chart notes and read by the insurance company. So if you are still hurting, don’t say you are feeling better just to make your doctor feel good. Have a positive outlook, but be honest.
  10. Your Facebook posts may be seen by the insurance company. So if you are hurting, don’t make it seem like you are having a great time just to keep up appearances.

Local Resources

Whatcom County Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee  assists in the planning, funding, development, and implementation of facilities and programs that will result in the increased safety and use of bicycle and pedestrian travel as a significant and beneficial mode of transportation and recreation.

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