Getting into the car is a vital part of the daily routine of almost every adult in the United States. It is no wonder, then, that there are so many car accidents in Tampa and around the world. In fact, it is estimated that each year some 1.35 million people die and 20-50 million people are injured in car accidents.
While car accidents are a normal occurrence on our roads, only a few drivers are prepared and know what to do in case of one. Dan Zohar is a prominent car accident lawyer in Tampa with more than thirty years of experience in personal injury law, and today he is weighing in on things you absolutely need to do if you ever get in a car accident.
Though this might sound obvious, you would be surprised just how many drivers consider driving away from the scene of the accident while in a state of shock. Never drive away, even in cases of small crashes.
Instead, protect the scene of the accident. Set up flares to avoid further crashes and turn on the blinkers to warn oncoming drivers.
Seek medical attention.
Another consequence of being in a state of shock is the inability to feel injuries, especially the less severe ones that can lead to lifelong repercussions if not treated immediately. Make sure to check yourself and everyone else involved for injuries and seek medical attention. Seeking medical attention too long after the accident can appear suspicious and can affect your compensation.
Call the police.
If you do not need immediate medical attention but plan to visit your doctor later, it is still a good idea to call the police. You may need an official police report to file a claim with your insurance company. Keep in mind that the vehicles should remain where they are unless they are posing a risk to the oncoming traffic.
While waiting for the police to arrive, document everything. Everyone carries a camera in their pockets nowadays, so you can use it to take pictures of the damage to your vehicle, scene of the accident, and surrounding area.
Write down the contact details of everyone involved, as well as their insurance information. However, never apologize or take the blame for the accident, as this can be used against you later on. Also, if you’re contacted by the other party’s insurance company, do not make any statements on your own.
Call your attorney.
Insurance companies are bound to try to get you to settle for the least amount possible or use the stressful circumstances to get you to incriminate yourself leaving you with no compensation whatsoever.
Instead, let a professional personal injury attorney deal with the insurance companies on your behalf. A Tampa car accident attorney can also help you gather evidence, contact witnesses, and guide you through the entire claim process.
Schedule your free consultation today!
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident in Tampa, do not put off consulting a personal injury attorney. Dan Zohar has been practicing personal injury law for more than three decades and knows all the ins and outs of the system.
Call (800) 963-3311 toll-free and schedule your FREE consultation today to protect your rights and ensure you get fairly compensated.