Top 10 Things To Do After a Car AccidentMay 11th, 2017 by Brian Sebaaly
In the event of a car crash, there are several important steps to follow that will ultimately protect yourself and your interests. With over six million car accidents reported each year in the United States, it is better to be safe than sorry. As a helpful tool, here is a Top 10 List of things to do after a car accident:
- Report the accident to the authorities: Even if there are no apparent serious injuries, you should still call the police.
- Get the other driver’s insurance information: You should ask to see the insurance card(s) for drivers of all vehicles involved in the crash while all parties are on the scene.
- Seek medical attention: There is a 14 day time-frame to receive treatment under Florida’s PIP law.
- Take pictures of the property damage: You should take pictures of any visible damage to your vehicle in order to provide evidence of where the other party collided with your car.
- Take pictures of your injuries: Remember, bruises will heal. Documentation showing what your injuries looked like immediately following the accident is ideal.
- Do not talk to the insurance company before talking to an attorney: Keep in mind an attorney can protect your rights and advise you on many issues, including your medical treatment and compensation for your vehicle and/or injuries.
- Follow through on recommended treatment: It is in your best interest to follow prescribed treatments programs or procedures.
- Keep track of time missed from work: Include any missed workdays to reveal the impact your injuries have had on your daily routine.
- Keep a file of all bills/expenses you incurred as a result of the accident: By documenting your expenses it will help your attorney obtain a better recovery for you.
- Keep a journal/diary of how the accident affected you: Writing down your thoughts and details pertaining to the effects the accident has personally caused will help to ensure accuracy and enhance your case.