What To Do When You Are In A Car Accident
A car accident can cause more than just physical injury and damage to your property. It can also hurt you emotionally and psychologically, and those injuries are not as easy to recognize. Some people will be fortunate enough to never experience an accident, but everyone should know a few tips on what to do just in case. In the moments just after an accident, you have several important tasks before you. These include things you should do and things you should not do. You should take care of yourself and the people around you first. If you decide to seek the help of a Florida automobile accident attorney later, these tips will aide you on your way.
A car accident is traumatic, even without physical injury. It strikes at a fundamental sense of safety, but it is important to stay as calm as you can. You cannot help yourself or anyone else if you panic.
Find out what is hurt.
This applies not only to physical injuries, but damage to your vehicle too. Examine the damage to your car and any other cars, and take pictures if you can. If you think you might be injured, be careful, but get yourself out of harm’s way. If you can help others that might be injured, do so, but call for help if the injuries are serious. You will probably want to call 911, and they will help decide whether to send police or an ambulance.
Get insurance information.
It is critical that you get insurance information from any other drivers involved. You will need this if you want to make a claim for damages later. This is not the time to confront any other drivers. You do not want to get into a fight on top of having an accident. This is, however, a good time to observe the other driver, for example if you think alcohol might be involved. Take a moment to write down any details you can remember, because that is the moment when they will be freshest in your mind. This is especially true if the accident was a hit and run.
File a police report.
You will need documentation of the accident, and the best way to do this is to have the police do it for you. For most serious accidents, police will examine the scene and take statements from the people involved. For minor fender benders, you may have to file a report on your own, but it is very important that you do so.
Don’t admit fault.
As the saying goes, anything you say can be used against you. You will have difficulty claiming damages from another driver if you told the driver that it was all your fault!
Let your insurance company know.
If your car insurance policy includes Personal Injury Protection (‘PIP’), you may be entitled to a payment independent of any claim against another driver.
Contact a Florida car accident lawyer.
The Deerfield Beach injury attorneys at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. represent people in Palm Beach and Broward County who have been injured in automobile and other vehicle accidents. Contact the firm through this website, or call us at 954-428-9333 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.