Have you been injured in a car accident? There are some things you need to do in order to protect yourself!
1. Stay at the scene but be sure to secure your safety!
2. Check on all drivers and passengers
Make sure the parties involved
3. Call the police
4. Exchange information
Get the names, numbers, addresses, drivers’ license numbers, license plate numbers, and basic insurance information from all drivers involved. If there are passengers, also obtain their names, numbers, and addresses. In talking to other drivers, try to be cordial and cooperative.
5. Don’t apologize or admit liability!
6. Talk to witnesses
Ask every witness what he or she saw. Get their names, numbers, or addresses, if possible. Ask locals if they’ve ever witnessed other accidents in the same place.
7. Inform your insurance company
Promptly tell your insurance company you’ve been in an accident. Cooperate with them and tell them the truth about what happened and the extent of your injuries. Explain the facts clearly.
8. Keep track of your medical treatment
In Florida, its best practice that you seek medical treatment without 14 days of your accident.
9. Take pictures
Take photographs of any damage to your vehicle as soon as possible after the accident. Photos helps your insurance adjuster determine how much you should be compensated for the damage to your car and can help in court. Pictures of your car before the accident can offer a great “compare and contrast” to show the true extent of the damage sustained in the accident.
10. Get a property damage valuation
11. Use caution in discussing the incident
Don’t talk to anyone about the accident other than your lawyer, your insurance company, and the police.
12. Be wary of early settlement offers
Be very cautious of any early settlement options. You should consult an attorney before accepting any offer.
13. Consider hiring an attorney
If the accident cause injury or significant property damage, you should consider hiring an experienced attorney. You may be entitled to damages and compensation from the insurance company and/or the other parties involved.
At The Law Offices of Jerrod Paul, all consultations are free. You will not pay a dime in legal fees unless we recover a settlement on your behalf.