Car Accident Checklist - What to Do After a Collision

Car Accident Checklist - What to Do After a Collision

No one anticipates a collision, but with approximately 645 traffic accidents occurring every day in Florida, there are steps every driver should take to prepare themselves in the event that statistics catch up with them. In order to help keep Florida drivers safe, the Clearwater car accident lawyers at Roman & Gaynor have provided a helpful checklist for people who have just been involved in a traffic collision.

Here's what you should do immediately after a car accident:

  • Move over to the shoulder. If possible, move your vehicle out of the way of traffic to avoid additional accidents.
  • Administer emergency care. Everyone involved in an accident is required by law to remain at the scene and administer care if needed until emergency medical services can arrive.
  • Exchange information. Be sure to exchange information with everyone involved in the accident. Ask for information such as the driver's name and phone number, as well as the name of their insurance company.
  • Avoid admitting fault. Be careful what you say at the scene of the accident. Admitting fault to the other driver or law enforcement could have a significant impact on the outcome of your case and the amount of your settlement.
  • Take pictures and document the scene. Your recollection of what happened will fade quicker than you think. As soon as you can after the accident, take pictures and write down the details of what happened so you have the information you need to file your claim.
  • Seek medical attention. If you are not transported to the hospital after the accident, it may be a good idea to go on your own and receive a physical evaluation. Often, victims don't feel the impact of their injuries until 1-3 days after the accident. Receiving a medical evaluation is also a way to document your injuries and provide medical evidence of your injuries.
  • Do not speak with insurance carrier without legal counsel. Recorded statements are often requested. It is best to first consult with an attorney and have him/her present for any insurance company statements.

Experienced Car Accident Lawyers in Clearwater & New Port Richey, FL

Unfortunately, even when claimants take all the necessary steps after an accident, they may not receive the outcome they deserve. Insurance companies notoriously offer less money to claimants, leaving victims scraping by to cover the cost of accident-related expenses. The Clearwater and New Port Richey car accident attorneys at Roman & Gaynor are dedicated to helping people in these types of situations get the money they deserve so they can begin rebuilding their lives after a car accident.

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