When you are involved in a car accident, it can be a stressful and emotional time. However, it is important to remember that the steps you take after a car accident can have an important effect on any subsequent claim and getting fair and complete compensation. Here are some important steps to take after an accident:
The first thing you should do after a car accident is to make sure you are in a safe place. Move your vehicles to the side of the road if you can. If you or anyone else involved in the accident is seriously injured, be sure to call an ambulance.
Call the Police
Regardless of how serious the accident may seem, it is always important to contact the police. The police will prepare a report documenting the accident, and this report will be an important part of any insurance claim. It can also be used to establish who was at fault in the accident if that information becomes necessary later. Be sure to get the name of the officer preparing the report and the report number.
Break out your cellphone and take some pictures of the scene and the vehicles involved in the accident. Pictures can help tell the story of what happened in the accident. Pictures of the damage to the car and the surrounding scene can be very important. Make sure to take pictures of any skid marks or damage on the road that could have contributed to the accident. If possible, also take pictures of any injuries.
Make sure to exchange insurance and other information with the driver of the other vehicle. Take a picture of their driver’s license, license plate, and insurance card. Check to see if there are any witnesses who saw the accident and get their contact information as well.
Get Medical Attention
It is critical that you seek medical attention as soon as possible following an accident. Even if you feel like you were not injured, sometimes the adrenaline of the crash can mask the pain of injuries. In addition, some injuries from accidents don’t present themselves right away. It’s best to have a medical professional determine your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you should have an experienced car accident attorney evaluate your case. Gregg Goldfarb has helped hundreds of Floridians injured in car accidents. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.