Steps to Take After a Serious Car Accident
Being in a car accident is a very painful and disconcerting experience. Even in accidents where the initial impact seems relatively minor, the emotional and physical pain that goes along with a car accident can very easily have a long-lasting and traumatic impact. If you have been involved in a car accident, especially one you believe was a direct result of another driver being distracted or negligent in his or her actions, it is important that you take specific steps to increase your chances of recovering the maximum damages for your injuries. The first step you need to take after a car accident is to assess the scene. Determine what injuries you or your passengers received.
In most instances, it will be necessary to contact emergency services and the police, so that injured parties can be treated at the scene and an official record will exist as to the extent of those injuries. A police report may also prove beneficial in proving liability as many officers will include additional information that you may not have initially noted, as well as they will give their opinion as to who the officer believes to be at fault based on the evidence at hand. Once emergency care has been rendered, if able, you will need to exchange contact and insurance information with each of the drivers involved in the accident. Do not admit any guilt or make any statements concerning the accident.
Stay calm and reserved. Getting angry or lashing out could have a negative impact on your insurance claim or lawsuit later on. Simply collect the information for you and your attorney to use to later on. If at all possible, do not leave the scene of the accident without first documenting and photographing the entire area. Take pictures of the vehicles, any skid marks, street signs, the involved parties, injuries sustained, damage caused, the area surrounding the accident scene and anything else you feel may prove relevant. Making notes about everything you can remember leading up to and following the accident may help create a detailed timeline that can be used in your case.
If you are unable to collect a large amount of information, collect as much as you can. Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident. At this point you need to contact a skilled auto accident attorney and obtain legal counsel. For many years, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. have been helping accident victims and their families determine liability in auto accidents and recover the damages they are eligible to receive. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients and stand ready to help pursue the maximum possible in damages.
When you contact us rest assured that you will receive the compassionate, understanding, and capable representation you deserve. Don’t settle for what the insurance companies may be willing to offer. They do not have your best interests in mind. We do. Contact our offices today so a skilled West Palm Beach car accident attorney can review your case and advise you how to move forward with your claim.