Car accidents happen fast, and most of the time you don’t even see them coming. Right after the collision, it can be hard to wrap your head around what you should do next. Here are some tips on what to do immediately after the crash and in the seconds, minutes and hours that follow.
Assess Injuries and Collect Information
Another important piece of collecting information is taking photos. If you can safely do so, take pictures of all of the vehicles, people, and any minor injuries (major ones will be documented by first responders). Snap as many photos as possible, including pictures of any factors that may have played a role in the accident – weather hazards, traffic, intersections, road signals, construction and any obstructions. Also photograph evidence such as skid marks or scrapes to guard rails and debris.
If there were any witnesses to the accident, it’s always a good idea to document what they saw in case there’s any question later on. Also, make sure to get their name and contact information.
Report the Crash
You’ll also want to call your insurance company to alert them of the accident and begin the claims process. Make sure to look over your policy thoroughly and know what your options are before giving them any formal statements about the crash. They may use any recorded information you give to try to deny or alter your claim.
If you aren’t sure what you’re entitled to, or if your injuries and car damage are severe, it’s best to work with an experienced Florida car accident lawyer to make sure you’re getting the coverage you deserve. Let the experts at Lorenzo & Lorenzo help you through this difficult legal process. Call us 24/7 for expert legal advice and to schedule your free consultation.