What you do and say after a car crash can have a significant impact on your ability to receive compensation in the future for the damages incurred as a result of the crash. Here are a few things you should never do after a car accident and what steps you should
take if you or a loved one are hurt in an automobile collision.
Don't Leave the Scene of the Accident
After an accident, it is very important that you do not leave the scene of the accident until the matter has been resolved. Doing so could be considered fleeing the scene and may result in criminal charges. Instead, stay in your car and wait for help, once you have determined that everyone involved in the accident is okay.
Don't Avoid Calling the Police or 911
If anyone has been injured, you'll need to call 911 to get medical assistance as soon as possible. If no one is injured, you can simply call the police and they will come to take statements from everyone involved and write an official police report. If you avoid calling 911 or the police in an attempt to keep the accident "off record," you could potentially face problems later on.
Don't Forget to Write Down the Information of the Other Driver
Once the police have been contacted, if you and the other driver are able, it's critical that you obtain their information. Ask for their full name, their address, phone number, and insurance information. If possible, write it down by copying it from their driver's license. Be prepared to offer your information to them as well.
Don't Admit Fault
Never admit fault after an accident, even if you believe you caused the accident. The police and your insurance company will evaluate the accident to determine who was at fault, or if you and the other driver shared fault. Admitting fault could cause you to be unable to pursue compensation in a future claim.
Contact an Experienced Florida Car Accident Lawyer as Soon as Possible
Don't hesitate to contact a seasoned car accident attorney in Florida
immediately after your or a family member have been involved in a car accident. An attorney can help you protect your rights and interests after a crash and can help you pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve for the damages you've incurred.
Contact the Law Offices of John D. Ameen, P.A today for an appointment to discuss your case at (954) 763-4950.