What to Do After a Car Accident
You’ve just experienced your first car accident. A car rear-ended you and you think you might be injured. What do you do now?
Car crashes can be major incidents. Many cause serious injuries and even death. If you have suffered damages due to someone else’s negligence, you will want to seek compensation for the losses you suffered.
What you do after a car accident can make or break your case. Follow these steps to ensure you stay safe and protect your legal rights.
Even if the damage appears minor, you should never flee an accident scene. Doing so is called hit and run and it is a crime. If you kept on going and you seriously injured or killed someone, you could face felony charges. Avoid criminal charges and always stop after an accident.
Get Your Car Out of the Road
After a car crash, you will want to prevent subsequent accidents. If you can, get your car to the side of the road. If your car is inoperable, turn on the hazard lights and stay put, especially if the crash happened on a busy road. You don’t want to risk injuring yourself by exiting your vehicle.
Call for Help
It’s always good to get a police report for your insurance company, even if the accident appears minor. Call the police to the scene. If anyone is injured, call 911 and get an ambulance to the scene.
Gather Information and Evidence
Get information from the other drivers involved, such as their names, contact information, driver’s license, insurance information and description of their vehicle and license plate. If there were any witnesses, get their information as well. Write down information about the accident scene, such as when it happened, where it happened and any identifying information.
Don’t forget to take photos. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Use the camera on your smartphone to take pictures of the accident scene, vehicle damage and even your own injuries.
Seek Medical Help
Even if you appear fine, injuries are not always apparent due to the adrenaline involved with a crash. Seeking medical help will get your injuries treated early, as well as protect your claim. If you wait weeks or months, the insurance company could deny your claim by saying that you were never really hurt.
Contact a Coral Springs Car Accident Attorney
Nobody ever wants to be in a car accident, but it’s a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected. By understanding what to do after a car accident, you can avoid liability and make sure that you obtain the compensation you deserve.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, seek legal help from a Coral Springs car accident lawyer from The Law Offices of Barry S. Mittelberg, P.A. He will work with the insurance companies to settle your claim for a fair amount or take your case to trial if needed. Schedule a free consultation by calling (954) 752-1213.