First, make sure that the vehicles involved in the accident are not in a position to cause further traffic accidents. If it is at all possible, it is a good idea to move your vehicle out of the flow of traffic. If it is not possible to get out of the flow of on-coming traffic, be sure to use road flares or caution triangles to warn drivers to approach with care. When you can’t get out of on-coming traffic, it is important that you and your passengers remain in your car with your seatbelts buckled until help arrives.
Check for Injuries
After making sure you are safe, check to see if anyone has been injured. It is important to never move an injured person unless they are in danger of sustaining more injuries by remaining in their current location. Moving an injured person may cause further injury, especially if they have suffered spinal cord damage. Be sure to call emergency personnel to send an ambulance if anyone is injured.
Call the Police
Once you have called for medical assistance alert the police to your situation and location. It is important to file a police report should you need to pursue legal action in the future. A police report serves as official documentation of your accident. For this reason, be very careful not to admit fault. Simply tell the police the facts of the accident, such as the speed you were driving and any actions you may have taken to prevent the accident.
Exchange Insurance Information
While you are waiting for the police to arrive, it is a good idea to exchange insurance information with the other driver. You will need the other driver’s name, address, phone number, name of insurance company, insurance policy number, vehicle make, model, year and license plate number. Additionally, you should seek the contact information of anyone who may have witnessed your accident. You will need this information to seek a recovery from the other person’s insurance company.
Before any clean up of your accident takes place, it is a good idea to take pictures of the accident scene from many angles and distances. Be sure to take plenty of pictures of specific damage to your vehicle. Keeping a disposable camera in your car is a good way to be prepared should you need to document the aftermath of an accident.
Remain at the Scene
Finally, never leave the scene of an accident without doing the things mentioned above. Failure to stay at an accident scene may result in a criminal charge of hit-and-run.
Contact an Attorney
If you have been seriously injured in an accident, contact the law offices of Snyder & Gonzalez, PA. Our skilled attorneys have been serving the North Dade community for over 28 years and will provide you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about the best course of action for your situation. We know that an unexpected injury can wreak havoc on your life as you must deal with medical bills, pain and suffering and unpaid time-off from work. For this reason, our attorneys work aggressively to get our clients the maximum compensation to which they are legally entitled.
Call 305-919-9797 to speak with one of our experienced North Miami car accident attorneys today.
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