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8 Things You Should Do If You Are Involved in an Auto Accident
In the aftermath of a car accident, try to remain as calm as possible. There are things you can do to help maximize your financial recovery, including:
- At the time of the accident-tell the police, paramedic and emergency room doctor about anything that may be hurting you – be specific – anything you say can be used against you – so be honest and specific. Don’t overstate or understate your injuries.
- Insist that a report for car or motorcycle accidents be filed with the Police.
- Document as much as you can about the car, motorcycle, or auto accident or injury itself. Every detail is important, our auto accident attorneys will need to know everything about your injuries, any other losses (such as wages) you have suffered as a result of the accident, and any conversation you had with anyone involved in the accident.
- Talk to no one about the car, motorcycle, or auto accident or injuries other than your attorney or physician. You especially do not want to speak with an insurance adjuster. Our accident attorneys will be happy to assist you.
- It is essential that evidence is preserved. If you think something is wrong with your car that caused the accident make sure to tell your insurance company not to destroy the car – meaning if the tire, brakes etc. may have been defective. Try to preserve the car and gather as much of the damaged parts as possible. The condition and the damage to the car can tell a lot about the accident, including the cause of your injuries and the extent of your injuries.
- Be sure to take photos of the car, motorcycle, or auto accident scene, including any visible injuries and the vehicles involved. Preserve all photos and evidence.
- Get the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident who may be able to help prove your case.
- Above all, immediately seek medical attention following a car, motorcycle, or auto accident. Be sure to explain how the injuries occurred to your doctor or surgeon. Mention any sensations of disorientation, confusion, memory lapses, or other conditions you have sustained. Again, don’t overstate or understate your injuries.
What Else Should You Tell Your Doctor About the Accident?
When a doctor evaluates you after a car accident, you should give him or her specific details about your car at the time of the impact, (and about the other vehicle involved in the car accident). Specifically, you should tell the doctor if your car was:
- Slowing down
- Gaining speed
- Moving at a constant speed
- Making a turn
- Proceeding straight ahead
- Changing lanes
- Making a U turn
This information allows your doctor, as well as other car accident experts, to determine the cause of your injuries, the extent of your injuries and it may assist your doctor in prescribing a treatment strategy.
You should also tell the doctor about your car after the crash, including if your car:
- Kept going straight and didn't hit anything
- Kept going straight and did hit a vehicle in front of it
- Was hit by another vehicle
- Was spun around and did not hit anything
- Was spun around and did hit something
- Hit a curb or other object
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Since 1982, Alan Sackrin has represented clients throughout Florida in recovering monetary damages for car accident injuries. Alan is a Board Certified Civil Trial Expert that strives to maximize the amount of compensation his clients' receive for their claim. Alan brings a high-level of skill and knowledge to his client's car accident cases and he offers a free initial consultation.
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