Unfortunately, car accidents are a fact of life. Especially, in the high traffic tourists areas of our state, auto accidents are common. This is why it is so important to know what to do if one is actually in an auto accident.
Immediately after impact
Call 9-1-1, immediately. One has no way of knowing the extent of one’s own injuries, the injuries of their passengers or the driver’s and passengers’ status in the other vehicle. This is why it is so important than a paramedic is dispatched immediately. This will make sure that everyone is okay.
A police officer will also be dispatched, who will make a report that will determine fault and gather all the relevant information, like road conditions, damages, contact information, insurance information, witnesses, etc. This is usually the most important document in an auto accident case.
After calling 9-1-1
Take pictures of everything. If one can take pictures before the car is moved, that is ideal, but if not, just remember to take as many pictures as possible. Make sure dashboard cameras are safely secured as well.
After taking pictures
Call the insurance company to get the ball rolling. Do not give a full accounting of the accident at that time, just state the broad strokes and that the full accounting can be done after seeking medical treatment. Contact with an attorney should be made prior to that full and recorded accounting.
Finally, call an attorney
After getting off the phone with the insurance company, call a Southwest Florida attorney immediately. They will now be your agent to deal with all of the post-accident issues. And, that call should be to our firm. With more than 15 years of experience, our firm understands the intricacies of car accident cases. We help our clients through the financial and emotional turmoil that follows accidents. And, we ensure that our clients receive the damages they deserve and are entitled.