What do you do after a vehicle accident?May 30, 2013 | Category: Automobile Accidents, DUI Accidents | Share
"In Florida there are over 16 million drivers and more than 200,000 vehicle accidents every year according to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. Knowing what to do before and after an accident is important to maintaining your rights and obtaining the best possible monetary settlements or verdicts," says Florida Accident Attorney, Randall Spivey, Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
Before an accident occurs it is best to plan ahead:
- Make sure you have insurance in addition to that required by law. Having adequate insurance for you and your family's protection may prevent the high cost of being uninsured or under-insured.
- Keep a notepad, pen, disposable camera and an Accident Checklist in your glove compartment. You may also want to include a list of contacts with names and phone numbers, a list of medications and a list of any allergies.
When an accident occurs:
- If vehicle is in a dangerous position, move it off the road, if possible, to prevent any further injury. Don't block traffic. Turn off the ignition.
- Call 911 even if you feel the injuries and damage is minimal. This way an accident report will be filed.
- Make sure you and other occupants in your vehicle are all right.
- Check on the occupants of other vehicles. Move them only if they are in imminent harm.
- Record the names, addresses and phone numbers of all witnesses (before they leave the scene).
- Take pictures of the accident scene. The scene changes when vehicles are towed, and valuable evidence could be lost.
- Cooperate with law enforcement in giving required information.
- Complete the Accident Checklist.
- Wait for EMS (Emergency Medical Service) paramedics and let them examine you and your family.
- Go to the hospital or doctor immediately following the accident. There are injuries that may not be evident at first. A delay in seeking medical aid could jeopardize your case and possibly worsen your injuries.
- DO NOT discuss the accident with anyone other than the police and your attorney. (You are not required to give information to the other driver's insurance company.)
- DO NOT admit guilt, say you weren't injured, or speak with the other driver's insurance representative without seeking legal advice.
- Contact your insurance company.
- DO NOT sign any medical authorizations or insurance forms without first seeking legal advice.
After an accident occurs:
- Follow up on all doctor's appointments.
- Follow all your attorney's recommendations.
- Complete all the necessary forms your attorney recommends in order to get medical bills and lost wages paid.
Being in an accident is stressful, can be emotionally charged and even chaotic. Planning ahead and knowing what to do, can make this situation less so. Contact our firm's Accident Injury Attorney team where we assist victims of vehicle accidents through the process," says Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyer, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 1,600 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.