Being in any sort of car accident can obviously be an incredibly traumatic event. Whether your vehicle has collided with a motorcycle or a huge commercial truck, you’re probably not only dealing with a serious injury, but you’ve also suffered substantial property damage. It would be understandable for you to panic. But keeping a cool head will be critically important. Not only for your physical health, but also for your case.
The attorneys with Future Firm Law will be here to make sure your rights are protected at every turn, and to fight to get you the money you deserve for the suffering you’ve been forced to endure. Please use our online contact form to schedule a free evaluation of your case. Or give us a call at (813) 771-6353.
The following information will spell out the five steps you should take as soon as possible if you’re involved in a car wreck. The actions you take in the aftermath of the collision will have a huge impact on your ability to obtain full and fair compensation.
1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention
When a car accident occurs, the people involved are usually running on an incredible amount of adrenaline. They might not realize just as badly they’ve been injured as a result. You could feel fine, only to realize a few hours later that you’ve actually suffered a severe back injury or a neck injury. You could even have suffered a traumatic brain injury and not fully comprehend just how serious the situation really is.
No matter how normal you might feel, you simply have to get medical help as quickly as you can. There are plenty of injuries that don’t present symptoms until well after they’ve occurred.
But it will not just be important for your health to get medical attention right away. It will also be critical to your case. The at-fault driver’s insurance company is going to do everything it possibly can to either reduce your compensation substantially. Or to deny your claim entirely. The insurer could say you weren’t really hurt, since you either waited to get medical help, or you didn’t see a doctor at all. If that’s the case, your chances of obtaining the compensation you should have coming to you will basically be zero.
The typical law firm will have to send your medical records to an expert in order to verify the severity of your injury. But we’re not the typical law firm. Future Firm Law attorney Dr. Ashley Maru is not only a lawyer, but also a board-certified radiologist. Dr. Maru will not only be able to make sure you get the right kind of medical attention. He’ll also have a deep understanding of your injury, and know exactly what amount of compensation to demand.
2. Gather Any Evidence if Possible
The stronger the evidence you have on your side, of course, the stronger your case will be. If possible, you’ll want to take as many photos and videos of the accident scene as you can, from as many different angles as you can. Of course, you should never try to do this if you’re badly hurt, or if you can’t do so safely. But if you can get photographic evidence, it could make the difference as to whether or not you’ll be able to obtain full compensation.
Take pictures of the damage to all vehicles involved, and also photograph the road itself – paying special attention to any fresh skid marks that might have been made. That could be powerful proof that the at-fault driver was going too fast, and caused the accident even though they slammed on their brakes.
3. File a Police Report
Florida law states that you have to contact police if any injuries have occurred as the result of your accident. An officer will arrive at the scene and begin an investigation. Once that’s done, they will file a report providing their opinion on why the accident took place. That report could also be an incredibly powerful piece of evidence, since the officer will be providing an impartial third-party perspective. This will carry far more weight than the at-fault driver’s account – or even your account – of what happened.
4. Speak to Witnesses
You should also try to talk to any witnesses who may have seen the wreck. This isn’t to suggest you should interview them – that will be your attorney’s job, plus you’re probably in no shape to do so anyway. Just ask the witnesses for their name, phone number and email address. Your attorney will follow up.
5. Contact Future Firm Law to Discuss Your Case Before Speaking with Insurance Companies
Please don’t ever try to speak with an insurance company representative without having an attorney with Future Firm Law by your side. If you don’t hire an attorney as soon as possible, you’ll be making a huge mistake.
Insurance company adjusters are highly paid professionals, and very skilled at helping their employers save a great deal of money. The adjuster assigned to your case will try to speak with you. They’ll say it’s in an effort to get to the bottom of why the accident took place. What they’ll really be doing, however, will be trying to get you to slip up, and either admit that you’re partially to blame for the collision, or the wreck was your fault entirely.
An attorney will shield you from any insurance company harassment, and will speak to that company on your behalf. At Future Firm Law, we know all of the tricks that insurers try to play, and we also know how to defeat them. We also have a great deal of experience conducting investigations into car accidents, uncovering the evidence needed to give our clients the best chance of getting the money they deserve.
Get in touch with us whenever you can, whether you’ve suffered an injury, or suffered the tragic loss of a loved one in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence. You can call (813) 771-6353 for a free consultation, or you can contact us online.