Steps to Take After an Accident
Auto accidents may happen all the time, but few motorists ever expect that one will happen to them. Because car wrecks can be frightening and unfamiliar experiences, it can be easy to lose sight of what you should and should not do. However, because the things you say and do can have an impact on your health, future, and personal injury claim, if you choose to file one, knowing the right steps to take is crucial.
At the Law Offices of Adam Baron, our attorneys have worked with individuals and families harmed in all types of car accidents throughout South Florida. With over 25 years of combined experience, we have learned that it taking the rights steps following a preventable wreck can make the difference for victims who seek compensation for their damages from the at-fault party. This is why we encourage anyone harmed in an accident that was not their fault to reach out to our legal team as soon as possible. Still, it is always important to have the facts on what how you should be handling the aftermath of a crash.
- Call the police – After an accident, calling the authorities becomes very important. Not only can this allow for emergency medical responders to be alerted, if needed, it can also ensure that an officer responds to the scene of the crash. Police officers play a vital role in taking an objective account of what happened in an accident, and recording that account in a police report which can be used later on if you choose to file a personal injury claim. These reports can include information of all parties and witnesses involved, and can further protect you from motorists who may provide you with false identifying information. Additionally, police can cite or arrest drivers if they believe any traffic infractions or crimes, such as driving under the influence, took place.
- Gather information – If you can, try to collect as much information as possible after a crash. Accumulating information and evidence can only help you and your future case. This includes contact and insurance information from all drivers, information about vehicles, driver’s license and license plate information, and contact information from witnesses who may have seen what happened. You should also take pictures of the scene of the crash while it is undisturbed, including photos of vehicle damage and any visible injuries you may have.
- Seek medical treatment – Seeking medical treatment as soon as possible after a crash should always be a priority. Even if you did not receive treatment at the scene, you will want to see a doctor for a full evaluation. After explaining what happened, a doctor can conduct tests to rule out any serious injuries and begin a treatment approach to help you recover. Remember, you might not always feel pain immediately after a crash, or feel that your injuries are severe enough to warrant medical attention. However, there may be issues you are not aware of, including brain injuries that can quickly become medical emergencies when left unaddressed. In addition to safeguarding your health, timely medical treatment is crucial to a personal injury claim, as it provides documentation about your injuries. When you wait or forgo treatment, insurance companies are quick to point that out as a means to allege you were not really injured, even if you were in pain all along.
- Don’t trust insurance companies – After an accident, you will likely be contacted by the other driver’s insurance company. Remember, their insurer is not on your side. In fact, insurance companies are notorious for working to deny, dispute, and underpay claims. After all, they are businesses that prioritize profits over people. This means you should be careful of what you say, as they may try to have you make recorded statements in order to use your words against you. You should also be wary of lowball settlement offers, especially when you do not yet know the full scope of your injuries and damages. When you retain an attorney, they will handle communication with insurance companies on your behalf.
- Contact a lawyer – When it comes to taking the right steps, the best thing you can do after an accident is to immediately contact a lawyer. Personal injury lawyers like those at the Law Offices of Adam Baron focus on helping accident victims protect their rights at every stage of their legal journeys. They also work to help level the playing field with insurance companies that want to pay you as little as they can. By working with our proven legal team, you can receive the support and representation you need to pursue the maximum compensation possible for your damages, including your past and future medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Have questions about what you should be doing after your accident? Do not hesitate to reach out to the Law Offices of Adam Baron to learn about your rights and what we can do to help. Our firm works personal injury cases on contingency fees, which means there are no costs to hiring us and no fees unless a recovery is made in your case. Call (954) 716-8976 for a FREE consultation.