After a car crash, you may feel scared and unsure of what to do. Our firm has represented numerous clients who have been injured in auto accidents. We want you to be informed about what steps you should take, and how to protect your right to compensation after a collision.
After a car accident, there are 7 steps you should take:
- Check yourself and others for injuries. Immediately after a crash, you should check yourself for injuries. You should also ask the passengers in your vehicle if they are injured. If you feel pain or are seriously injured, it is best to stay where you are. You will not be able to know the extent of your injuries until you are treated by a medical professional.
- Call for help. As soon as possible, you should call 911, or have someone else call 911. You will need to relay your location as accurately as possible. Emergency medical responders will be able to treat your injuries, and the police will also be sent to your location to direct traffic and file an accident report.
- Get to a safe location. If your car is in the middle of the road or in an intersection, it is best to move it to a shoulder or a parking lot. This can help prevent another collision. However, if you are seriously injured or your car is not functional, you will need to stay where you are and wait for police to arrive.
- Exchange insurance information. It is important to exchange insurance information with the other driver. You will need to write down the name and policy number of the insurance company, and the full name and contact information of the driver. This information may come in handy later on when you are pursuing compensation from the other driver’s insurance company.
- Gather evidence at the scene. If possible, you should take pictures or videos of all the vehicle damage. Make sure to get a variety of near and far angles to clearly show the extent of the damage. You should also take pictures of any visible injuries, get the contact information of witnesses, and write down everything you can remember about the accident. This could include the time of day, weather conditions, and order of events. Furthermore, once you give a statement to police, you should request a copy of the police report and write down the badge number of the responding officer.
- Seek medical attention. After a crash, particularly a minor fender bender, you may feel just fine and not think you need to see a doctor. However, some injuries may not exhibit symptoms immediately. This means you could start to feel pain hours, days, or even weeks after the accident. By making an appointment and seeing your doctor as soon as possible, you can diagnose any soft tissue injuries or other conditions that were caused by the crash. Furthermore, if you wait to receive treatment, the insurance company may dispute your claim, saying that you weren’t actually injured by the accident.
- Seek legal counsel. Filing an insurance claim after a car crash can be a stressful and difficult process. Furthermore, the insurance company will do everything they can to avoid paying what you are owed. This means they may dispute your claim or deny it, and they may try to use your statements against you. Having an experienced Miami personal injury attorney on your side can help the process go smoothly while protecting your rights. In addition, a lawyer can help you file the necessary forms, gather evidence on your behalf, and represent you throughout the process.
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