None of us plans to be in a car accident. They range from unfortunate fender benders to major ordeals, but you should prepare yourself with the following mental check list of what to do, and not to do, if you end up in a car accident.
Prevent future accidents by keeping your flashers on, or setting up flares. You should also keep a flashlight. If it’s dark, it can help you keep safe while you wait in your car, or by the side of the road.
Even if no one is seriously injured, it’s a good idea to get an official report. A police report may be required to file your insurance claim. And unless the vehicles involved are blocking traffic, they should remain where they are.
Make sure that you provide all known facts to the police. If you have any questions or doubts about your current medical situation, simply say that you do not know.
If you have a smartphone or a camera with you, take pictures of both vehicles and where there could be visible damage. If you have injuries, you should capture those as well. But make sure that you o not interfere with the police’s investigation or emergency responders.
If you cannot take the photos at the accident scene, do so as soon as you can.
Protect your rights
It’s important to consult an attorney. We are individuals who specialize in these situations. For example, you can benefit greatly from having legal a device before providing a statement to an insurance company. The right attorney will help you along the process, and personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, that means there will not be a legal fee unless your attorney recovers compensation for your injuries.
Get Medical Attention
Injuries from car accidents may not be immediately apparent. Even if you feel okay after an accident, you should seek medical attention at your local emergency room, or to your physician. The amount of pressure required to cause serious injure is very small. It takes about 25 pounds of pressure to break a bone.
If you have lose consciousness or feel dizzy after the accident, you seek immediate medical attention. These could be symptoms of a concussion, and could have lasting damage if left untreated.
None of use wants to see it happen to one of our loved ones, but failure to plan is planning to fail. Be prepared and train your loved ones to go through a mental check list of what they need to do if they are in an accident. If you have recently been in a car accident, please contact us for a no-cost evaluation of your case.
If you have been injured by a car accident, you are owed compensation for your suffering. Contact Law Offices of Vastola & Associates., to discuss your case. We will help you with assistance and consultancy throughout the entire process. We service clients in Stuart, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, and North Palm Beach, Florida.