10 Steps To Take After An Accident
Getting in a car accident can be an extremely upsetting experience, and it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. Knowing what to do after an accident can help gather key information that could help support and expedite your claim.
At The Briggs Law Firm, in Ocala, our attorneys dedicate their entire practice to helping injury victims obtain the justice they deserve when they are suffering because of another party’s negligence. Our list of the 10 steps to take after an auto accident is intended to get you started on the right path to a favorable resolution to your case.
- Get medical attention: If you have been injured in a car accident, your first priority should be your own well-being. See a doctor and get the care you need.
- Get the names and insurance information from other people involved in the accident: Knowing who else was involved and who carries their auto policies is a good starting point in the process of seeking compensation for your losses.
- Get photos: If you are able to do so, take pictures of the accident scene. Ideally, these would include pictures of the crash, the surrounding area, traffic signs and road signs.
- Get the names and contact information of witnesses: While most accident investigations involve statements from a few witnesses, there are likely other witnesses who may have photos or information that could be helpful to your case.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the responding officers: These reports often have the names of the people involved in the accident and the witnesses who provided statements. They can also provide some insight into how the accident happened from other people’s perspectives.
- Contact your insurance company: Let your insurance company know about the accident and give them a clear account of what happened. It is important that you have your recollection of the accident clearly documented while it is still fresh in your mind.
- Hire a lawyer: In even the most clear-cut auto accident cases, the insurance companies will attempt to avoid paying your claim. Having a qualified Florida attorney beside you will help ensure that your rights are respected.
- Refer inquiries from other drivers’ insurance companies to your lawyer: Insurance company representatives are specifically trained to ask questions and gather information in a way that could compromise your claim for damages. Good lawyers know how the insurance companies operate and will handle their inquiries for you.
- Keep track of your expenses and losses: While your claim is in progress, you will likely have medical bills, auto repairs and time away from work associated with your accident. These will all become part of your claim. Keep good records of the expenditures and financial losses you have experienced so they can be included in your claim.
- Keep your attorney informed of new developments: If the insurance companies continue to contact you after you have informed them that you have secured representation, if you develop new health complications that may be associated with the accident or if any other issues arise — contact your attorney immediately so proper steps can be taken.
Contact Our Office In Ocala To Discuss Your Auto Accident Questions
We invite you to contact our firm to discuss your auto accident claim in more detail. We offer a free initial consultation to all new clients. You can reach us by phone at 352-671-4600 or via email to schedule an appointment. We are happy to visit you at home, in the hospital or another location that is convenient for you if you are not able to come to our office.