What to Do After a Car Accident
Advice From Auto Accident Attorneys in Tampa, FL
What should you do after a car accident in the Tampa area? There are steps
you can take that will act to preserve your legal right to financial recovery
from the driver or other party responsible for causing the accident. Your
first step should be to take the proper care of your health and well-being,
and then ensure that you are not being taken advantage of by insurance
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Do the Following If You Are In a Car Accident
Stay at the scene - by law, you are required to stay at the scene of a car accident that
you are involved in, regardless of whether you are responsible for causing
the accident. You are required to exchange driver, insurance and contact
information with the other parties involved. Move your car to the side
of the road if it is possible to do so.
Report the accident to law enforcement - call 911 to report the accident, particularly if anyone was injured.
Render aid to anyone in need - don't move anyone that has been injured, unless the vehicle is on
fire. If possible, help anyone you can by calling for an ambulance or
Be cautious of what you say- Be careful not to admit fault for the accident. Even saying sorry may be
enough for an insurance company to claim that you admitted fault and refuse
to compensate you.
Gather information at the scene - if you are able, take pictures of the scene, damage to your car, your
injuries or anything else you think is important. Take notes as well,
and get the contact information of any witnesses present.
Call your insurance company - contact your auto insurance company to report the accident. This will
start the claims process and value the property damage and injuries you
Track medical records- medical records and details of your treatments will provide the backbone
of your personal injury case. Get immediate medical care following the
accident to identify injuries and keep careful documentation of your injuries
and how they have affected your life.
Tampa car accident lawyer - as soon as possible, call a lawyer who can offer you advice and guidance
regarding your car accident insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
You may be able to recover financial damages for your injuries, and a
lawyer can help you with this.
initial consultation with a
Tampa personal injury attorney at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law is free. We offer our legal
services at no cost unless we recover a settlement or jury award on your behalf.
To get started in receiving the help you need,
contact a Tampa car accident attorney at our law offices today.