Being involved in a car accident can be stressful but, it is Important to remain calm and attentive. After a car accident, you should take certain steps in order to make sure that you are safe, your interests are protected, and the accident is documented accurately. This article is meant to serve as an accident aftermath preparation guide for all drivers.
Check For Injuries and Stay Calm
Immediately following a car accident you must determine whether or not you were injured. In the event that you are unsure if you have been injured, call 911 and ask for an ambulance and let the paramedics examine you. If you are not too hurt to move, check on your passengers. If anyone is injured immediately call 911 and make sure that the injured are not moved until the paramedics arrive.
Get to Safety and Call 911
If you’re able to move and your injuries allow, move your vehicle to a safe place. If your car is driveable and it’s in the middle of the road causing a hazard pull it to the side of the road until the police arrive. If your vehicle is in an unsafe location (in the middle of the road), leave it where it is and get yourself to safety. While you are waiting for the police, make sure to turn your engine off, turn on your hazard lights, and use road flares in your emergency car kit to warn other vehicles.
Exchange Information and Document the Accident
After a Florida car accident it is important for all drivers involved to exchange the following information:
- Full name, address, and telephone number
- Insurance Company and policy number
- Driver’s license number and license plate number
- Make, model and color of vehicle(s) involved
- Exact location of the accident (intersection, mile marker, etc.) and time
When exchanging insurance, driver, and contact information you should never discuss the facts surrounding the accident (except with the police), and you should not admit fault. This is important as anything you say can be used against you by the insurance company at later date.
Document The Accident
Once the police have arrived make sure to get the name and badge number of all the responding police officers. Ask the police officer where you can obtain a copy of your car accident report as each jurisdiction in Florida is varied. Take pictures of all vehicles from different angles and showing the damage to all cars involved. If it is safe to do so, take pictures of the vehicles before they are moved, but only if it is safe to do so. If there are any witnesses make sure to write down their name, their address, and telephone numbers. Also, obtain each e witness’s account of the accident.
Notify Your Auto Insurance
After a car accident, you should contact your insurance company and provide them with all of the information surrounding the car accident. This includes all of the information that you collected on all of the parties involved, the location where the accident occurred, and the police report number. Dealing with insurance companies can be overwhelming and extremely time-consuming. If you have been involved in a South Florida car accident, contact Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers – Friedland & Associates early on so that you are able to make informed decisions.