The steps you take following a car accident will play an important role in your ability to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Taking time to carefully follow these steps will assist our attorneys in building a case to provide you with the full compensation you will require to recover from all of your damages.
The first step to take after a car accident is to check yourself and your passengers for obvious signs of injury. From there, if you are able, you should:
- Call 911
- Obtain the personal and insurance information of the other driver
- Obtain the contact information from any witnesses
- Contact your insurance company
- Take pictures of the scene with your cell phone or camera
- Seek additional medical attention, even if no injuries are apparent
In your interactions with emergency personnel, witnesses, and insurance companies, it is important that you do not admit fault or sign any statements. If you do, you may jeopardize your potential settlement.
You should also contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible after even minor car accidents. An attorney will assist you in dealing with insurance, the other driver, and the police. Only a car accident attorney can determine the true value of your claim and make sure you are fully compensated for all of your damages.
If you have been involved in a car accident in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free initial consultation today.