Car accidents can be devastating. Unfortunately, an already disastrous situation can be made even worse when victims are unsure of how to handle the aftermath of a collision. Of course, injured victims need to seek immediate medical care. In the case that victims are not injured or have the opportunity to assess the situation while waiting for first responders, it’s helpful to know how to handle the moments following a crash. If you’ve recently been involved in a car crash, please connect with an experienced Delray Beach, FL car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Eric H. Luckman, P.A. immediately. But if you’re simply seeking proactive information about what to do in the aftermath of a crash, please consider the following information and reach out to our firm’s Delray Beach, Florida MVA lawyer with any follow-up questions you may have.
What Not to Do After an MVA Accident
Committing a “hit and run” is illegal. If you’re hit by another driver or you hit someone, you should both pull over and call the police, an ambulance (if necessary) and an experienced Delray Beach, FL MVA lawyer for guidance.
Forget to Call Law Enforcement
Calling the authorities is especially important in regard to determining who was at fault, just in case there is a future lawsuit, or you need to file an insurance claim. Police reports include important information such as a write-up describing the accident, road conditions, and the name and contact info of everyone involved and eyewitnesses.
Forget to Take Notes
Even if the police report includes information that you’ll need later for your insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit, it is always better to record as many details as you can while the accident is fresh in your mind. If you can, take pictures and videos of the accident scene. Collect the insurance and contact information from the other person involved in the accident. Also ask the police for their badge number and contact info. If possible, speak with eyewitnesses about their observations and collect their contact info as well – the insurance company may want them to make a statement.
No matter what occurred in the accident, even if you “know” it was your fault or both drivers’ faults, you should not admit fault at the accident scene. It is always important to be honest but stick with facts and avoid talking about fault because you may not have all the facts at your disposal. For example, you may have been texting while driving, but if you admit that the accident was your fault, you may never learn that the other driver was watching YouTube while behind the wheel! If the police or your insurance company decide you are partially at fault, your words could be the difference between you obtaining at least some coverage from the other party and your insurance rates going up.
Handle the Aftermath of the Accident Without a Lawyer
While some accidents can be straightforward (especially those where the other driver takes full responsibility for the accident), some can be difficult to assess. It adds a whole other level of seriousness when someone is severely injured. Consulting with an experienced Delray Beach, FL MVA lawyer can help you preserve your legal options and manage insurance claims effectively and efficiently, no matter what kind of accident you’ve been involved in.
Call Eric H. Luckman, P.A. for more information today.