Steps to Take After Being Involved in a Car Accident

After being involved in a car accident, there are many things that drivers have to keep in mind. One of the most important things after an accident is ensuring that your health comes first and foremost. By understanding the many steps that you should take after an accident, you will be able to move forward and obtain the results you deserve during this difficult time. However, you should always have an attorney on your side who is knowledgeable in these claims and can assist you every step of the way.

What to Do After a Florida Car Accident 

Check for Injuries: Of course, the most important aspect in the aftermath of a car accident is ensuring that you and all others are without injury. If you are injured, you should always call 911 or you should urge somebody at the scene to do it for you. Serious injuries warrant staying still until help arrives. If you are not too injured, it is always a good idea to check on your passengers and those in the other vehicles as well. You should always try to reach emergency help during these times. 

Call 911: Calling the police after an accident is typically legally required. Responding officers will arrive and help you fill out an accident report as well as document the scene. If the police are unable to access the scene of the accident, you should go to a local police station and complete an accident report yourself.

Exchange Helpful Information: After you have ensured that everybody is cared for, it is important for you to exchange contact and insurance information with the other involved driver(s). Some of the most important things that you should always exchange include full names and contact information, insurance companies and policy numbers, driver’s license, license plate number, type and color of vehicle, and the location of the accident. 

Document Your Accident: Some of the best types of documentation after an accident include an identification of the officers, receiving a copy of the police report, names, witnesses, and photographs. Photographs are one of the most important aspects of a claim and you should always remember to photograph the accident from different angles as well as the damage done to the vehicles. All of these aspects will help support your claim.

Notify Insurer: Notifying your insurer about the accident is one of the best things that you can do to start the claims process. Many people choose to call their insurer at the scene of the accident, though you should always worry about your health firsthand.

Getting the Help You Need After an Accident 

At Sheftall & Associates, our skilled and dedicated attorneys understand how overwhelming the aftermath of a car accident can be on both physical and emotional levels. We also understand that you may be in need of protection as you navigate the legal system for the first time following your collision. After a Florida car accident, you have many rights to compensation for various aspects. Please contact our accident attorneys immediately for the help you deserve at (904) 638-7712.


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