A car accident can be a traumatic experience for anyone, and after it has occurred you may not be in the best condition to think clearly and rationally. That’s why it’s important that you learn what you need to do before one happens to you. These tips will help protect you both physically and legally, so make sure to commit them to memory.
What to Do Immediately After a Car Wreck
The first thing you should do, if possible, is get your vehicle to a place where it can be safely stopped. However, if you have sustained serious injuries or your vehicle is not working properly then do not attempt this.
Next, once your car is in a safe location attempt to assess the injuries of all parties involved in the wreck. If someone has sustained severe injuries, call 911 immediately to request help. Do not attempt to move injured people yourself, unless advised to do so by the 911 operator or if they are in the way of immediate danger.
After 911 has been called, you will need to fill out a formal report about the wreck. If there were witnesses around at the time of the incident, try to keep them nearby until the police arrive. Trade insurance information with the other parties involved, and be sure to take pictures of the scene of the wreck.
Determining the Fault of the Wreck
Determining who was at fault in a wreck is not something that should be done at the scene. Never admit culpability after a wreck, even if the other parties are trying to convince you that you are at fault.
Be sure to call your insurance company as well as a lawyer after a wreck has occurred. If you live in a state with “no-fault” insurance policies, you will definitely need legal representation to bring a lawsuit. Regardless of whether or not you were at fault, an attorney can provide you with legal protection and can help you get the compensation you deserve.
What Can an Attorney Do?
Attorneys can help you with many aspects of an auto accident. They will be able to determine whether or not you have a strong case against the other parties involved as well as help you deal with your insurance company.
Most importantly, attorneys will be able to help you receive compensation for the injuries you sustained during a wreck that can be used to help pay your medical expenses.
If you have recently been involved in a wreck, please contact me. I am a qualified attorney with years of experience in Tampa auto accidents, and I can get you the compensation you deserve.