Car accidents happen every day. Here are 10 useful tips you can use should you happen to be involved in a car accident.
If you are a car accident victim:
1. Get Help
Stop the vehicle immediately and find a safe place. Medical attention after an accident is critical if anyone has sustained a personal injury. Call 911.
2. Call the Police
The police are required to be notified if there is an injury or significant property damage. Be sure you write the officers name down who is called to the accident scene.
3. Get Information
It is crucial to get the other drivers information such as name, address and phone number. Write down the license plate number as well as the make and model of the others involved. Many times the police officer can assist in getting this information and will often have a form that you can use for this information.
4. Get Witness information
Get the contact information from those that witnessed the accident. Usually this needs to be done quickly as some may stop for a short time and leave. If possible, get at least their name and phone number.
5. Never Discuss Fault
This works both ways. It is not the time to blame someone else as this may lead to an argument. If the other person admits fault make a mental note and then write down what they said as precisely as you can remember.
6. Write it down
When you get a moment to yourself write everything down that occurred as you remember it. Explain how the accident happened and sketch a diagram of the crash. By putting this down when it is fresh in your mind it will be a helpful memory aid later should you need it.
7. Notify your Insurance
All insurance policies require you to notify them shortly after the car accident occurred. Failure or an unnecessary delay could result in a denial of your claim.
8. File the State Accident Report
In Florida If the officer completes a report you won’t have to file a crash report. If there is no crash report filed you must file one within 10 days of the accident. The reports can be obtained at the DMV or online on the DMV website.
9. Take Pictures
Most cellular phones have cameras built in. If it is safe to do so, take a picture of the accident scene prior to the vehicles being towed away. After you have sought medical care take pictures of your personal injuries resulting from the accident. If you have a bruise from your seatbelt get a picture of it as that can offer proof that you were wearing a seat belt.
10. Protect Your Rights
Many questions arise after an accident especially when serious injuries have occurred. Insurance adjustors will call and want recorded statements. You may not know how you will pay your medical bills. Call an experienced attorney who knows how to protect your rights. Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon can help. For a free car accident consultation please call 850-444-HURT (4878) and a representative from our office will be in contact with you shortly.