What to Do After a Car Accident

Helpful Tips from a Clearwater Car Accident Lawyer

If you were involved in a car accident, it is important that you take the right steps. If you were not the one responsible for the accident, it is especially imperative that you document the accident and secure the necessary legal representation so that you get the damages owed to you. After a car accident, you should take the following steps:

  1. Call 911: People involved in car accidents should call 911 to report the accident and notify emergency medical services, especially in accidents that cause injuries.
  2. Move cars to a safe place: If possible, move your car over to a safe place away from traffic to avoid further accidents.
  3. Turn on your vehicle's hazard lights: Hazard lights notify other drivers that you are in distress. This is especially important in accidents that happen at night.
  4. Seek medical attention: If you have not yet done so, seek medical attention - even if you do not think you were hurt.
  5. Get a copy of the accident report: Take note of the accident report number and where/how you can obtain a copy of the report
  6. Take pictures: Take pictures of the accident scene (before the cars are moved). You will want to include shots of road damage and damage done to the cars involved.
  7. Get contact information: Write down all contact information of drivers involved (for insurance purposes)
  8. Take note of other information: Write down license plate numbers, driver's license numbers, makes and models of cars as well as insurance company/policy information
  9. Remember your surroundings: Note weather conditions, road conditions and any negligent behavior you noticed prior to the accident as well as any statements made by witnesses involved
  10. Don't admit fault: Do not apologize for the accident. Even a simple "I'm sorry" could be seen as an admission of guilt
  11. Watch what you say to police: State only the facts and limit your discussion of the accident to the police
  12. Stay until you're released: Do not leave until the police have finished the investigation and questioning
  13. Do not discuss your case with the other driver: Anything you say to the other driver could potentially be used against you.
  14. Get an attorney: Do not speak with the insurance company unless your attorney is present
  15. Don't sign anything: Do not sign anything from the insurance company without your attorney's consent
  16. Know your policy: Know what your auto insurance policy covers so you are not taken off guard
  17. Start your claim: Notify your insurance agent as soon as possible after your car accident

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One of the best things you can do after an accident is to secure legal representation. If another person was at fault and you sustained serious harm, you have every right to fight for the compensation due to you. That is why we encourage you to call and speak with a lawyer at Roman & Gaynor as soon as possible. Car accident victims throughout Clearwater, Pinellas County, and Florida can find the support and aggressive representation they need with our attorneys.

We have recovered over $65 million in compensation for our clients and with 48 years of combined experience, you can trust us to represent you effectively! For the aggressive legal representation you can count on, do not hesitate to contact a Clear Water car accident attorney at Roman & Gaynor for a free case evaluation! We are prepared around the clock to represent you!