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If you should find yourself involved in a motor vehicle accident, it’s terribly important to try as hard as you can to stay as calm as you can; because the steps that you do – or don’t – take after an accident can have a huge impact on everything from your physical health and safety, to the outcome of any legal action that may arise as a result of the accident.
The “Dos & Dont’s” of Motor Vehicle Accidents:
- STAY AT THE ACCIDENT SCENE, CALL THE POLICE AND PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
You must notify the police while you are at the scene of the accident so that a full report of the incident is completed. If, for whatever reason, you have left the scene of the accident and did not make an accident report, it is in your best interest to call the police promptly and request to make at least a delayed report. If you think that you have not sustained any serious injuries, still proceed with great caution, as experience shows that some injuries and symptoms are “masked” in the immediate aftermath and shock of an accident, sometimes not fully apparent for a day or more.
- GATHER INFORMATION AT THE SCENE FROM ALL PARTIES AND ANY WITNESSES.
It can be several days before an accident report is filed by the police and available to you and/or your attorney. Getting complete contact and insurance information from the other drivers & vehicles involved in the accident, as well as statements from any witnesses on the scene, can be a big help to both you and your attorney.
- TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS AND/OR VIDEOS OF ACCIDENT SCENE.
It is always a good idea to visually document the accident scene. Get out the cell phone – or have someone else do it if possible – and get photographs and video of the damage to your motor vehicle (or to the vehicle that you were a passenger in) BEFORE it is repaired or totaled. Also get photos and video of any and all cuts, bruises or any other noticeable injuries that you have suffered, and any evidence of circumstances related to the accident – like skid marks on the road, damage to property, or any other evidence of the collision at the scene of the accident.
- IF INJURED, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION QUICKLY.
It is critically important that your physical condition and complaints be documented as soon as possible after any motor vehicle accident. If you were not taken to the hospital directly from the scene of the accident, and you feel any kind of symptoms that lead you to believe you have may have suffered an injury, go to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately and get an examination.
- KEEP DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR MEDICAL CARE.
Throughout the medical care you receive for your injuries, keep records of dates, care settings, the names of the doctors and other providers, what was done, what medications were prescribed, and what was discussed. If you do not feel well enough to maintain this information, ask a friend or family member to do it for you.
- CONTACT THOMAS & PEARL P.A. – AND KEEP IN CONTACT.
It is crucial that car accident victims hire an aggressive law firm with maximum experience in South Florida injury law. For forty years now, Thomas & Pearl has successfully represented thousands of car crash and motor vehicle accident victims. We know the South Florida legal, judicial and insurance systems backwards and forwards. We know your rights, and we know how to fight for them. Once you team up with us, you’ll need to keep us “in the loop” about any and all medical care you receive or anything else related to your case. Working together, we’ll achieve the very best possible outcome for you.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, call us at 954-563-9225. Our injury team is available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- DON’T ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU DON’T HAVE TO FROM ANYONE AT THE ACCIDENT SCENE.
Basically, anything that you say can and probably will be used against you. So – avoid speaking to anyone at the accident scene, other than to: provide the police with your identifying information as they request; exchange contact and insurance information with the other party or parties involved in the crash; obtain contact information and statements from any witnesses.
- DON’T SPEAK TO ANY INSURANCE COMPANIES, INCLUDING YOUR OWN.
An insurance adjustor may try to contact you before you hire an attorney to represent you. They may attempt to get a recorded statement from you, or your statement under oath, for potential use against you at a later time. They may also attempt to get you to enter into a settlement agreement before you recognize how seriously you have been injured. It is important to note that while you are required to contact your insurance company as soon as possible after an accident has occurred, it is in your best interest to first hire an experienced South Florida motor vehicle accident injury law firm, one that will handle communications with the insurance company on your behalf. In the event you do personally notify your insurance company about the accident, you should inform them that you have retained legal counsel and refer them to your injury lawyers for any further discussion about your motor vehicle accident.
DON’T ADMIT FAULT IN THE ACCIDENT TO ANYONE.
DON’T COMPLETE ANY FORMS OR DOCUMENTS REQUESTED BY ANY INSURANCE COMPANY WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING WITH YOUR LAWYER.
Remember that once you have filed a claim, your insurance company is not your friend – they are, in fact, on the opposing side. Do not give them any forms or documents without first seeking advice from your injury lawyer.
- DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING SENT TO YOU BY ANY INSURANCE COMPANY WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING WITH YOUR LAWYER.
An insurance company may request that you sign a release form. In essence, if you sign such a form you may be barred from bringing any additional claim arising from the accident, even if it is later determined that you have sustained a serious injury. Also, an insurance company may request that you endorse a check, which can also prevent you from bringing any further claim arising from the accident. It is important that you seek the advice from an experienced injury lawyer before signing anything from an insurance company, including but not limited to forms, checks or documents.
And one last very important DO, should you or someone you care about in South Florida end up in a car crash or motor vehicle accident of any kind:
DO Contact Thomas & Pearl to speak to a member of our highly experienced, tough and talented team of injury attorneys. We are committed to providing car and other motor vehicle accident victims with the very highest levels of legal assistance, advocacy, service and support. While we have offices in both Broward and Palm Beach Counties, know that If you are not able to come to us, we will come to you.
Just call us at 1-877-FLA-INJURY to schedule your FREE consultation. And don’t forget our no fee policy: We don’t get a fee unless and until we first win you monetary compensation for your injuries.
Category : Accidents
Date : 20 Feb 2015