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What To Do After An Auto Accident

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If you are wondering what to do after an auto accident that resulted in a personal injury, you are not alone. Clear thinking at the time of the accident and accurate gathering of pertinent auto accident information may make the difference between having to cover the medical and property damage costs on your own and receiving the compensation to which you are entitled.

The following tips from the Shapiro Law Firm, P.A. should help you in the event you or someone you love is ever involved in an auto accident:

  • Safety First: First, before any personal or auto accident information is exchanged, the health and safety of everyone involved should be protected. First and foremost, any injuries should be attended to and police and medical personnel should be called. Vehicles should be moved out of the road if possible, and the entire area should be inspected for potentially dangerous conditions.
  • Do Not Admit Fault: Second, those wondering what to do after an auto accident should be sure to not admit fault. They should not say they were in the wrong to anyone, including the other driver, the passengers, the police, the other driver's insurance agent, or witnesses. Your perception immediately following the accident may not be the reality of the situation.
  • Get Medical Help: Next, since you are suffering from an injury, make sure to get medical attention immediately. This is important even if you think that your symptoms are not serious. It is best to get a full evaluation to diagnose any hidden injury that could become even more problematic if not treated now.
  • Exchange Information: Once it is safe to do so, it is vital that you acquire specific information about the accident and the other drivers involved. The information about other drivers involved that you will need to collect will include:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Date of birth
    • Telephone number
    • Driver’s license number and expiration date
    • Insurance company information
    • Make, model, and license plate number of car involved
  • Take Pictures: While you are still at the scene of the accident, either take pictures yourself or have a friend take pictures for you. Make sure to document the damage to your car and the injuries that you sustained. This will serve as additional proof in your case.
  • Take Notes: Immediately following the crash, after you have received medical treatment, make sure to take detailed notes about everything that happened while your memory of the events is still fresh. For example, take down information about the damage to your car. Write down the names of any witnesses to the accident. Also, obtain information from your doctor about the medical treatments you will need now and in the future to treat your injuries.

Contact A Lawyer

As you can see, knowing what to do after an auto accident could be a huge benefit to you in the long run. For more information, contact a lawyer to discuss the facts of your case. An experienced auto accident lawyer will help you to get the compensation you deserve to pay your medical bills, repair your vehicle and make up for any lost wages during recovery.

To discuss your injuries and your case with an experienced auto accident attorney from Shapiro Law Firm, call (850) 629-7226 today for a FREE Consultation.

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