Being in an auto accident is a very serious and sometimes deadly event. Accidents that may, a first, appear to be minor, often can cause debilitating injuries that will continue to affect the quality of your daily life. Car accidents and injuries of ANY kind should not be taken lightly. Here’s what you should do:
First and foremost call 911, report the accident and wait for the police to arrive. Get to a nearby hospital if you are hurt. If you, or someone else, cannot drive to the hospital, ask the 911 operators for medical assistance and an ambulance will take you to the emergency room. If you do not feel you are hurt to the point of needing to go to the hospital or to be treated by emergency personnel, then get the “Driver’s Exchange of Information Sheet” from the investigating officer once he/she has completed their investigation.
Second, PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES!! It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Eliminate the need for in depth and repetitive descriptions of the accident and take as many pictures as you can. Take pictures of your car, the at-fault drivers car, any other cars involved in the accident. Take pictures of the road where it happened. Take pictures of you and your injuries, your passengers’ injuries, and the at-fault driver and their passengers. Lastly, take pictures of any damage to street signs, street lights, or other property. You can never have too many pictures of your accident scene, injuries and damage.
Third, under NO circumstances should you discuss your case or give a recorded statement to the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier at the scene of the accident. Auto Insurance Carriers are notorious for taking a recorded statement at the scene of an accident when you are frightened and scared and then using that information against you at a later date. Many times, victims of a car accident cannot remember what they told the insurance company or whom they spoke to.
Fourth, call The Sackman Trial Group for further evaluation of your case. The consultation is absolutely FREE and you will want to understand your rights as it applies to PIP benefits, reporting the accident to your own auto insurance carrier, property damage and how to get your car fixed, wage loss (if applicable), where to treat if you need medical attention among other issues.
Call The Sackman Trial Group today 321-558-7000.