Injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident can be life-changing. Taking these three steps right after you have been in an accident can help you protect your rights and ensure that you are properly compensated for your auto injury, losses and damages.
1. Stay at the Scene & Call the Police
Even if a collision seems minor, call the police. Florida law requires that most types of motor vehicle accidents be reported to law enforcement. It’s also important to document the incident with a police report if you need to file an insurance claim.
It is crucial that anyone who has been injured in the accident receives medical attention and treatment immediately. Even if you feel fine, keep in mind that many injuries do not manifest themselves right away. See your doctor promptly following an accident. In Florida, if you do not seek medical attention within 14 days of an accident, you lose your right to recover compensation for your auto injury.
Before you leave the scene of the accident, collect as much information about the other parties as possible, including names, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers and insurance information. Avoid saying anything that could possibly be seen as an admission of guilt or liability, such as “I’m sorry” or “It was my fault.”
If you were transported from the scene to receive immediate medical treatment, make sure to get the other parties’ contact information from police as soon as possible. If there were any witnesses, get their contact information as well.
2. Contact Your Insurance Company
Call your insurance company as soon as possible after the accident. Explain what happened and answer questions honestly, but do not admit fault in any way. If the other driver’s insurance company contacts you, do not give a statement or sign anything without first seeking the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. Do not sign anything from any insurance company, including your own, before consulting with a lawyer.
3. Call an Attorney
Contact a personal Injury attorney who is skilled in dealing with auto injury cases. He or she will review your case and discuss options on how to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. The weeks and months following your accident can be painful, traumatic and stressful. You may require multiple doctor visits, physical therapy, surgery and other treatment. When you are injured and trying to heal, the last thing on your mind is negotiating with an insurance company. Having an experienced attorney in your corner can help make this difficult time easier for you and your family.
Your personal injury attorney will help guide you through the process of filing a claim, talking with insurance adjusters, and communicating with your healthcare professionals about your auto injury and other conditions that may have been caused by the accident.
He or she will also gather evidence such as the police report, eyewitness statements and medical reports and determine the best course of action on how to proceed with your claim. Typically, damages for a car accident may include:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Property Loss or Damage
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Loss of Enjoyment
- Loss of Companionship
- Wrongful Death
If the party who is responsible for the accident is found to have been negligent, you may be entitled to punitive damages as well.
Our Law Firm Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered an auto injury resulting from an accident, engaging the counsel of a qualified personal injury attorney can help provide the personal attention you need and get you the compensation you deserve.
Our compassionate and experienced attorneys have handled hundreds of auto injury lawsuits in Florida, and are committed to fighting for your rights. Contact Lowman Law Firm at (352) 796-0016 or toll-free at (866) 9-LOWMAN to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.