Exchange information. Secure as much information as you can from the other drivers involved in the accident. You should at least get their names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers, and auto insurance information.
Cooperate with law enforcement. Be sure to honestly answer questions from the law enforcement officers who respond to the accident. But you should not admit fault or provide more details than what you are asked. The time after of a crash is very chaotic, and you almost certainly do not have all of the information needed to make a proper determination of fault.
Talk to witnesses and get photos. Check to see if anyone witnessed the crash, if you are able to do so. Get names and contact information from any witnesses. Using your cell phone camera or any other available camera, take photos of the accident scene, the damage to the vehicles, your injuries, the road conditions and anything else that might be valuable. Take photos from different angles and get as many pictures as you can. Ask a friend or someone on the scene to take pictures for you if you are unable to do it yourself.
Get medical help. Now is not the time to act tough. Get the medical treatment you need, including transportation to the hospital by ambulance if necessary. If you are not transported directly from the scene of the accident to a hospital, go to an emergency room, urgent care center or your family doctor for a complete medical examination as soon as you can. Some injuries do not show signs or symptoms immediately but could become serious, even life threatening. Tell the doctor that you were involved in a car crash and list all of your symptoms, even the ones that may seem minor to you.
Notify your insurer. Report the crash to your insurance company and the companies that cover the other driver or drivers as soon as you are able. Be careful when you talk to the insurance companies – even your own. You should avoid giving any type of recorded or written account of the accident without the advice of a car accident lawyer.
Get help from a lawyer as soon as you can. If you were hurt in the crash, you should contact an experienced Florida car accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident. Beware that the other driver’s insurance company may try to settle your claim quickly and cheaply before you have gotten help from an attorney. Don’t fall for this tactic. Even if the settlement offer looks good, it is almost certainly less than you deserve. Get advice from a qualified personal injury lawyer before signing any settlement agreement, otherwise you could sign away money that you are entitled to.
Follow through with all medical treatments. Make sure to you follow up with all doctor’s appointments and medical treatments that your healthcare providers order for you. Failing to do so could cause your injuries to become more severe and could hurt your ability to recover fair compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
Write a journal about your recovery. Be sure to write down how the accident has affected your daily life – including your pain and emotional struggles – by making notes each day. Not only is this therapeutic, but it can also go a long way toward proving the emotional impact that the accident had on you when it comes time to negotiate or litigate the pain and suffering portion of your settlement or verdict.
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