Knowing how to respond to a car accident will also protect you from being sued by someone claiming to have injuries the next day.
To learn more about how to file a claim, set up your free consultation with one of our car accident lawyers. Continue reading to learn the 5 steps you should take after a car accident.
Steps After a Car Accident
Check for Injuries
Are you okay? Check yourself for car accident injuries and don’t brush off any dizziness or tiredness, which could be signs of traumatic brain injury. There have been cases of people feeling okay after car accidents only to go to the hospital later for internal injuries. Check on your passengers and see if the other driver and their passengers are okay. Call 911 for even the slightest injuries.
Move Car off Road
Are you able to move your car safely and quickly? If so, you must move your car off the road and turn on your hazard lights. If your vehicle is inoperable, see if you can at least turn on your hazard lights.
Turning on your hazard lights will allow other drivers to see you, preventing a second car accident. Make sure it’s safe before getting out of your vehicle. It’s not unheard of for survivors to get hit by traffic when trying to get out of their vehicles.
The most valuable piece of evidence you can show your insurance company is a police report, which is why it’s important to call the police immediately after a car accident. A police report will also make it easier for your car accident attorney to establish the details of your case. Be sure to cooperate with law enforcement officers and answer all their questions truthfully.
Avoid admitting fault in the accident or blaming the other party. The police will be able to write their report of what happened based on the facts, not accusations. If there are no injuries resulting from the collision, the police might not arrive at the scene. In this case, you would need to file an auto accident report with the local DMV.
While you’re waiting for the police to arrive, you’ll want to be taking down as much information as possible. If you have your smartphone with you, you’ll want to take as many pictures of the car accident as possible. Photograph any damage to your car or to the other party’s car. Also photograph any other damaged property such as fences or signs. If they’re any witnesses to the car accident, be sure to get their contact information. All this information can prove invaluable when filing an auto insurance claim or trying to win compensation for car accident injuries.
Record the following information:
- Where accident occurred
- License plate numbers
- Makes and models of involved vehicles
- Names of driver and passengers
- Insurance information
- Contact information of witnesses to accident
- Names and badge numbers of police officers at scene
Our car accident lawyers can use the information you gather to win compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
File Auto Accident Claim
Call the number on the back of your auto insurance card. The representative on the other end will tell you everything you need to know to file a claim. Your insurance company should work with you so you can get your car repaired as soon as possible. If your insurance is unwilling to pay, we recommend calling an experienced car accident lawyer.
Our Florida car accident attorneys in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Naples want to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve following personal injury. To request your free legal consultation, call Lusk, Drasites, & Tolisano PA at (800) 283-7442.