6 Things You Wish You Had Known Before Getting Into a Car Accident
1. First Things FirstIn the event of a car accident, knowing the correct way to do things will ensure that you are able to take quick action even if you are confused or disoriented. As soon as the accident occurs, drivers should turn on hazard lights to signal other drivers, then assess any injuries and limit the potential for further damage by neutralizing any dangers.
2. Call 911Once you are sure that no one is in immediate danger, call 911. In Florida, the police must be notified of any car accident, even a non-injury accident. Advise the dispatcher if paramedics are needed. Paramedics will assess the injuries and transport for additional medical treatment if needed. Police will speak to the drivers involved and witnesses to the accident to determine how the accident occurred, who is at fault, and if any citations are necessary.
3. How to Get A Police Report For A Car AccidentA ticket that is issued as the result of a car accident is not proof of a driver’s liability in an accident. The officer on scene may determine that a driver drove recklessly, but the ticket is not proof that they did. You will receive an Exchange of Information form from the police officer which contains the names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, insurance companies of all drivers involved and may also include the name(s) of witness(es) with whom the officer spoke. To get a copy of the official police report, you need to contact the responding police department a few days after the accident.
4. What Does It Mean If Your Car Is Totaled?Totaled means that your vehicle is a total loss. Either the car is beyond repair or the repairs would cost more than the car’s value. If the insurance adjuster determines that the vehicle is totaled, they will pay you for the car.
5. Get A LawyerIt is important that you talk to an attorney before you speak to anyone from an insurance company. Attorneys have the knowledge and experience which gives them a huge advantage when dealing with insurance companies. If an insurance adjuster calls you to get a statement, refer them to your attorney. Accident and injury attorneys generally offer free consultation and most work on a contingency basis. That means that they do not get paid unless you get compensated, they then get a percentage of that amount.
6. See A DoctorJust because you do not feel like you are injured does not mean that you are not injured. Many people have reported feeling fine until hours or days after an accident, and then suddenly they started to have trouble. It can be difficult to judge right away because the trauma can cause shock. Once the shock wears off, the body then may show signs of injuries. It is also crucial to seek medical attention within 14 days of an accident to preserve your right to use your PIP coverage. These six tips should make the process after a car accident much easier. If you live in the West Palm Beach area, Casas Law firm has the answers to all of your accident and injury-related questions. Contact us today to fill out a free case consultation form.
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