Immediately after an auto accident, your mind is racing. Is anyone hurt? Should I seek medical treatment? Should I call the police? What is the damage to the cars? Is the other driver to blame for the accident?
Your emotions are on a high. You need to think clearly as you will need to work with the police, the insurance companies, and possibly seek medical treatment in the moments after an accident.
Always remember to immediately:
1. Call 911.
Do not hesitate to call 911 if you feel you need medical or police assistance.
2. Seek medical care.
Your adrenaline is pumping, and you may not be thinking clearly. The ensuing confusion may cause you not to realize you have symptoms from the accident. It may take days or weeks before symptoms or pain appear after the accident. Make sure you are evaluated by a medical professional soon after the accident to ensure you are okay and keep accurate medical records.
3. Contact your attorney – don’t sign anything.
Call your attorney immediately to get proper instructions. Cooperate with the police and describe what happened. Do not make any statements and never admit fault – it is not up to you to decide who is at fault. The only report you file is with the police; let your attorney handle the rest. Waiting to call your attorney only gives the other party and their insurance company more time to work against you.
4. Be smart – use your smartphone.
Take photos and take notes on your smartphone. Use your smartphone voice recorder to detail the information quickly. Your attorney and your insurance company will benefit significantly from the records of the event that you provide. Take photos from all angles, document your injuries, car damage, and location of the accident. If there are any witnesses, collect their contact information.
Taking these necessary steps during this stressful time will strengthen your claim and chances to get fair reimbursement from the insurance company or individuals at fault.
Remember – Kelleher Law is just a phone call away, and we are here to help. If you have questions about your ability to file a claim or the statute of limitations that apply to your situation, call Kelleher Law at 833-546-3675 for a free claim evaluation. We take calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our experienced attorneys serve clients in Fort Myers, Naples, and the surrounding areas of Florida.