- Call 911. Even if you think the accident was minor and there are no injuries, you should still call the police. Sometimes injuries can take days or even weeks before they manifest themselves. For example, some types of brain injury, spinal cord injury, or post-traumatic stress disorder might not appear right away. Sometimes damage to a vehicle might appear minor, but could, in fact, be costly. Consider calling the police if there is any doubt.
- Make sure everyone is safe and that people who are hurt are able to get medical care and attention. It’s the law.
- Once everyone is safe and police have been called, take the time to exchange contact information with the other driver or others involved. You should get the name, insurance information, contact information of the other driver and take notes about what took place.
- If other people witnessed the accident, take down their names and contact information. You will also want the name, contact information, and police report of the officer taking down your information.
- If you can safely do so, you should photograph the entire scene of the accident, including any skid marks and all vehicles involved.
- Contact your insurance company. Many insurance companies require prompt reporting of the accident, but be mindful of the information you provide to your insurance company before you hire a lawyer as they often request to record the conversation for future use. If you are unsure, simply tell your insurer you only want to report that you’ve been in an accident but cannot provide additional information until you contact your lawyer. Then contact your car accident lawyer to go over the next steps.
- Keep in mind that the other driver’s insurance carrier might reach out to you for information and may request to record the conversation. Remember, insurance companies are in the business of making money and will likely look for ways to avoid paying your claim or avoid paying full value on your claim, so you should strongly consider consulting with an attorney before you communicate with the other driver’s insurance carrier. You have the right to tell the insurance adjuster that you’d like to consult with your lawyer before talking, or that you’d like the request for additional information to be put in writing.
- Reach out today to our compassionate team to preserve your rights and make sure you get the medical treatment you need, as you could waive certain benefits by not timely seeking medical attention. We stand ready to fight on your behalf, but do not delay as there is only a limited amount of time to bring a case.
Based in Miami, Florida, Miller Trial Law proudly represents clients throughout the entire State of Florida and is available for free virtual and in-person consultations at numerous locations. We can help you every step of the way when it comes to helping you seek compensation for your car accident claim.