Most car accidents are traumatic experiences for everyone involved. That is the case regardless of whether or not you are at fault. However, it’s vital that all involved parties understand what to do immediately after an auto accident happens. The information below is a basic, step by step guide to ensure that, after you have handled any possible medical needs, you protect yourself and collect vital information at the scene.
Move to a safe place
As soon as the accident happens, it’s sensible to exit the vehicle unless you are injured. You should try to move out of the roadway if possible. If your car is stopped in any lane of traffic, try to move the vehicle to the side of the road, as far away from traffic as possible. This is also a good time to check on any passengers and the other driver to see if medical attention is required.
Once safely out of any immediate danger, begin to make important observations of the scene.
Take photos of the crash site and your vehicle
With so many people now carrying a mobile phone with them at all times, it’s easier than ever to take clear photographs of any injuries or damage that may have resulted from the accident. Be sure to take photos from several angles, and look around for things like skid marks, broken glass, or even foreign objects in and near the crash site. The point here is to create as complete a visual image as possible. The photographs will be very useful with insurance adjusters, medical providers, and even the police.
</=h3>Obtain medical and police reports
If you have to spend time in the hospital as a result of a car crash, it’s critical that you obtain copies of your reports, x-rays, lab results, and any additional information related to your medical situation. In Florida, patients have the right to receive copies of their medical records, so don’t be afraid to ask for them.
Contact a legal specialist
You may find that you need the assistance of an auto accident attorney. If so, we urge you to identify an experienced personal injury attorney with a track record of success. There are literally thousands of licensed attorneys in Florida, but we suggest working with an auto accident attorney that is also certified in Civil Trial Law. Board certification is a reflection not only of a lawyer’s competence, but also their commitment to the practice of law, and in Florida, only about 5% of all attorneys are Board Certified.
Experiencing a car accident is a serious event. It can be highly disruptive to your life and in some cases, contribute to hardship. Taking the time to follow the steps outlined above can be the difference in an accident impacting your life a little, or a lot.
Get The Help You Need and Deserve
If you or your passenger have been injured in an auto accident, we want to hear from you. It is important that when involved in a car accident that you have an experienced, Board Certified trial attorney on your side.
Hutch Brock, of Brock Law, is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney and represents victims of car accidents throughout Florida.
If you would like more information about your rights or learn how Brock Law can help you, call us at (813) 333-7267 or click here.
About the Author
P. Hutchison Brock, II
Hutch is Board Certified in both Civil Litigation by the Florida Bar. Hutch has extensive experience representing clients affected by Auto Accidents, other Personal Injury Claims, and related legal issues. If you are searching for an experienced and highly respected Personal Injury Attorney in Wesley Chapel, then send us a message. You can also call our office at (813) 333-7267 and I will answer all of your questions.