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After A Car Accident: What To Do And What Not To Do

Getting injured in an accident on the road can spike a wide range of emotions, ranging from shock to panic and frustration. This is particularly the case if the accident was the result of another person's negligence behind the wheel. Perhaps this other person was texting while driving or was driving too quickly for road conditions, for example.

When emotions take over at an accident scene, knowing exactly what to do can be challenging. Unfortunately, the wrong move can be costly down the road. Consider some of the steps you should take versus those you should avoid following an automobile crash in Florida.

What to do

First and foremost, it is important to seek medical care if you have been injured. Contacting the police is also essential because they can investigate the accident scene and file a police report for you. Cooperation with all emergency personnel and police who respond is necessary during each step of the process.

While at the accident scene, you can also obtain the license plate number of each automobile involved in the crash, along with each car driver's insurance information, name and contact information. Gathering the names and contact information of any witnesses before they leave the scene may also be helpful.

Furthermore, while at the scene, taking pictures of any damage done to your car or any injuries you have suffered may be beneficial. Snapping photos from all possible angles can help to ensure that you do not miss any potential evidence.

What not to do

While talking to witnesses or other motorists involved in the accident, avoiding apologizing for anything is critical. If you say sorry for anything you did or failed to do behind the wheel, the opposition may treat this as evidence of your legal liability.

You also want to avoid throwing away any items from the crash scene that may be useful as evidence. These include parts of your car that came off due to the impact of the crash or any of your clothing that may have gotten stained with blood.

Filing a claim

When you are ready to seek damages in an automobile accident that has caused you to suffer injuries, an attorney in Florida can help you to properly file a personal injury claim in civil court. The attorney can also give you an estimation of the outcome off your case considering the circumstances surrounding it. The court hearing your case will decide claims for damages only after liability is established.

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