First Steps to Take After a Car Accident
If you have ever been involved in a car accident, then you know how frightening the situation can be. While your immediate reaction is to panic, it is best to remain calm and first make sure everyone is okay. While over six million car accidents occur each year, a majority of them only involve vehicle damage. Car accidents aren’t something most of us really want to think about, but there are a few things you should specifically know in order to protect yourself.
Remain at the Scene
First things first, never drive away from the scene of an accident, no matter how small or large it is. While at the scene, try your best to help prevent other accidents by taking precautions like turning your flashers on. It’s always a good idea to keep a flashlight in your vehicle in the event your lights don’t work, so that those passing by can see you.
Even though there may not be any serious injuries, you should always contact the police. Many insurance companies require a police report to file a claim. It’s important to tell the police exactly what happened. In the event that you don’t know certain facts, be sure to tell them that rather than speculating. While waiting for police to arrive, you should take pictures of your vehicle and the damage. If you have visible injuries, take pictures of those as well.
In most cases, the police will gather the information of each person who is involved. However, if you decide not to call the police, it is important to gather information including: names, addresses and telephone numbers. You should also request to see their insurance card and also get the information of any witnesses. If you have contacted the police, they will give you a report number that you can later use to obtain the details from your accident.
Report the Accident to Insurance
Contacting your insurance provider following the accident is vital. Find out what medical benefits you have with your coverage, and if you have any you should use it. Keep a file containing all of the documents that have information regarding your accident including the claim number, claims adjuster information, receipts and doctor appointments.
Contact The Holman Law Firm
To best protect your rights, you should contact an experienced attorney at The Holman Law Firm. We will be sure that you are protected and that valuable evidence is not destroyed.
The Holman Law Firm is committed to providing the best legal service in Pensacola, Pace and Cantonment, FL in a variety of legal areas including Family Law and Personal Injury. We specialize in Fathers’ Rights and will be there every step of the way to fight for your rights. Contact us now for a free consultation at 850-435-6909 or go online at www.holmanfirm.com.