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What to Do After a Car Accident

Helpful Tips from a Clearwater Car Accident Lawyer

Having fought for injured victims and families across the state of Florida, our legal team knows how to level the playing field for our clients when facing off against insurers that try to limit the amount they pay on claims. We also know the steps and procedures victims should take following an auto accident, and how they can put themselves in the best possible position to recover the financial compensation they deserve.

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 legal representation so that you get the damages owed to you. What you say and do in the days, weeks, and months following an auto accident can impact your case and, potentially, your right to compensation.

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. Seek medical attention: If you have not yet done so, seek medical attention - even if you do not think you were hurt.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Get contact information: Write down all contact information of drivers involved (for insurance purposes)
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Don't admit fault: Do not apologize for the accident. Even a simple "I'm sorry" could be seen as an admission of guilt
  9. Watch what you say to police: State only the facts and limit your discussion of the accident to the police
  10. Stay until you're released: Do not leave until the police have finished the investigation and questioning
  11. Do not discuss your case with the other driver: Anything you say to the other driver could potentially be used against you.
  12. Get an attorney: Do not speak with the insurance company unless your attorney is present
  13. Don't sign anything: Do not sign anything from the insurance company without your attorney's consent
  14. Know your policy: Know what your auto insurance policy covers so you are not taken off guard
  15. Start your claim: Notify your insurance agent as soon as possible after your car accident

Getting the Proper Evidence

This means asking for contact information and driver’s license information from the negligent party, as well as their insurance information. You also want to take pictures of the scene of the accident, the damage to all vehicles involved, and any visible injuries you may have sustained as a result.

Speaking with Witnesses

If there are individuals around who may have witnessed the crash, speak with them to get their side of the story. You can also get their contact information to send to your insurance company or legal team to help follow up and build evidence on your behalf.

Calling the Right Parties

Call the local authorities to report the accident, especially if the individual is trying to leave the scene. You also want to call for medical attention if necessary—or go to the hospital to get checked on. This can help you start the recovery process, as well as get you medical records that can be used to help your case.

Speaking with a Lawyer

Speaking with a lawyer is a very important step as this can protect your rights. The negligent party’s insurance company may try to get a recorded statement from you. Your lawyer can speak on your behalf and prevent the insurance company from taking advantage of you.

Call Today For a Free Consultation

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 $95 million in compensation for our clients and with 60+ 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 Clearwater car accident attorney at Roman & Gaynor for a free case evaluation! We are prepared around the clock to represent you!

We Have Recovered Over $95 Million for Our Clients

  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for Injured Pedestrian
    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $572,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision

    In 2017, a middle-aged man was rear-ended at a high-rate of speed on the highway. He sustained head, neck and back injuries but did not get any surgeries. We were able to obtain a tender of the policy limits of the at-fault driver but had to file a lawsuit for the underinsured motorist coverage. Seven months later, in 2019, we reached a settlement. We were able to recover a total of $572,000 for this client and his family from the insurance carriers to help them move forward.

  • $550,000.00 $550,000 Recovery for our Client

    A phantom vehicle made a left turn in the direct path of our client’s path of traveling causing him to take evasive action, causing him to strike a concrete utility pole. The force of the impact caused both airbags to deploy and the car engine came through the firewall and into our client’s dashboard and legs. Our client sustained serious lower extremity injuries, neck, and back injuries necessitating hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and extensive rehabilitation. Because the at fault driver fled the scene of the accident, we presented 2 uninsured motorists claims to our client’s uninsured motorist carriers. Demand for tender of the first uninsured motorist policy in the amount of $250,000 was made by our firm and was paid promptly. Second demand for the second Underinsured Motorist policy in the amount of $300,000 was made by our firm. This second insurance carrier denied coverage, based upon a UM rejection form signed by our client. Our firm determined that the UM selection form was fraudulently signed by our client’s car insurance agent. Our firm then filed a Civil Remedy Notice asserting fraud, and the insurance carrier promptly paid its $300,000 UM policy limit within the 60 day time period provided under the Civil Remedy Notice. This resulted in a total recovery of $550,000.00 for our client. A total victory for our client! Not all law firms check the validity of client signatures on UM selection forms. Our clients can be assured of this attention to detail for each and every case.

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