What to Do After an Accident
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Whether you have never been in an accident before or know the drill, it
is important to keep several key steps in mind. No matter how prepared
you may feel for an accident, it is easy to get confused, distracted,
or overwhelmed. Especially when injuries occur, it can be very difficult
to focus on handling all the matters you need to tackle. That is why the
dedicated advocate at The Pittman Firm, P.A. is here to help.
The Florida car accident lawyer at their Panama City office understands
how challenging this time can be. That is why the firm has compiled a
list of what you should do following an accident to ensure you maintain
the strength of your claim.
Review the list below or
call our firm today at (850) 426-4477 to get legal help.
Steps to Take Following Your Accident
1. Get Medical Attention.
This step should always come first if you are suffering serious injuries.
Even if you think your injuries aren’t that major, make sure you
seek medical attention as soon as possible. In some cases, you may want
to stay around to check off several other steps before going to see your
doctor. Still, make sure your primary focus is getting the care you need
during this time!
2. Document the Scene.
Taking pictures of the accident scene can be pivotal for building your
case. Also, try to capture images of the surrounding areas, traffic lights,
signs, etc. to give a full picture for your attorney to work with. More
than pictures, make sure you write down everything you remember right
away. The longer you wait, the fuzzier your memory will become.
3. Exchange Contact Information.
Check on the other driver if you are able to, then keep it strictly to
exchanging information for insurance purposes. The more you talk, the
more likely you will say something that can hurt your case, regardless
of who was at fault. Also, aim to exchange contact information with any
eye witnesses that may support your case.
4. Keep Your Cool.
Even if the other driver cut you off and caused major damage to your vehicle
and personal injuries, make sure you keep it strictly cordial with the
other party. The more heated this becomes, the more material they have
to use against you in court. It could also make it harder for you to get
a witness to speak on your behalf. Do your best to keep your cool and
avoid confrontation. If the other driver is heated, step away and avoid
getting into a discussion.
5. Get a Seasoned Lawyer.
Keep in mind, when an individual suffers injuries in a car accident, these
cases become all the more complex. The sooner you get a legal advocate
on your side, the better. A car accident lawyer can help you navigate
the ups and downs of these cases, make sure the insurance company treats
you fairly and stand up for your rights in court if necessary.
Have questions about what else you should do after an accident? Call on
the Florida car accident attorney at The Pittman Firm, P.A. today!