In the United States, more than six million car accidents happen each year. Most of these result in property damage, which is damage to the vehicle and not to the occupants. One in three accidents results in personal injury to the passengers or driver, and two out of ten accidents result in fatal injuries. If you find yourself in a car accident, your first priority should be to protect yourself physically and legally.
Cameron Law Group is here for Tamarac residents who have been injured in a car accident. We provide personalized assistance aimed at bringing the best results for your case. There are some things you can do to help yourself and your family if you are in a car accident.
Stop And Protect The Scene.
Do not drive away from an accident scene, even if it is minor. Doing so could put you at greater legal risk even if you did not cause the accident. By setting up flares or flashers, you can avoid further accidents. Be sure to always keep a flashlight in your glove box or trunk. This will allow you to alert other drivers and protect you if the accident occurs at night.
Immediately After A Car Accident, Call 911.
Even if you are not suffering from any serious injuries, it’s a good idea for you to call the police. Even if you are merely filing a claim for vehicle damage, you may need to obtain a police report. If they do not interfere with traffic, the vehicles involved in an accident should be left where they are.
Give An Accurate And Detailed Report Of The Car Accident.
When the police arrive on the scene, tell them exactly what happened. Tell the officer if you don’t know certain facts. Don’t speculate, guess, or misstate any facts. When asked if you have any injuries and if you are not sure, say so. Don’t say no because you do not feel pain. Many times, injuries and pain from motor vehicle collisions are only apparent hours later than the accident. It is also important to verify that statements made by others involved in the accident are correct.
Exchange Information With The Driver Of The Other Vehicle.
This information is usually obtained by the investigating officer who arrives at the scene. You should still obtain the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all parties, including drivers and passengers. Also, you should request information regarding insurance. You can ask for the insurance cards of all the vehicles involved in an accident.
Witnesses should be contacted so you and your attorney have the information you need. The investigating officer will usually give all motorists a number for their police report if they respond to an accident. To obtain a police report, you can later use this number. You must request the report of the state police if the accident occurred on a state highway.
Document Everything With Photos.
You should take photos of vehicles that have visible damage with your cell phone. Photograph any visible injuries. Be sure that when you are doing this that you are not interfering with the officer’s investigation. You should take these photos at the scene of a car accident as soon as possible.
Contact Your Insurance Provider.
Notify your insurance company immediately. Many policies require full cooperation and immediate reporting. Check to see if your insurance policy includes medical benefits. This type of coverage, also known as “med pay”, is more expensive so make sure you use it. Med pay coverage means that you must submit any accident-related medical bills you receive to your insurance company.
Private health insurance takes over as your primary insurer once med pay benefits have been exhausted. All occupants of the vehicle are eligible for med pay benefits. Submitting claims for Med pay coverage should not cause an increase in your insurance rates.
Get Checked By A Doctor.
Motor vehicle accidents often cause injuries that are not immediately obvious. Many car accident victims feel the worst pain for a few days after the accident. Unless you’re certain that you weren’t hurt, you should visit your doctor or local emergency room to get medical attention. Even minor impacts can cause serious injury to the spinal cord. You may have suffered a concussion, closed head injury, or lost consciousness if you were even briefly dazed by the impact. If left untreated, this can lead to serious health issues.
Contact An Attorney.
An experienced attorney is the best person to represent you when considering legal action. A successful law firm will be able to help you because many car accident cases can be complex and difficult. Cameron Law Group has the knowledge, experience, and successful record to help you recover the money that you deserve.
Our team has been representing Tamarac, FL residents for almost 15 years now. We will listen to you and aggressively seek out justice and the compensation you rightly deserve. To reach us, click here or give us a call at (954) 994-2254.