Car, motorcycle, and auto accidents are often caused by someone else’s negligence. These accidents can take a heavy toll on your physical, emotional, and financial health. However, your first priority should always be seeking medical assistance. Your health and the health of everyone involved in the accident is more important than anything else.
The legal team of the Malone Law Firm can help you understand your rights and will fight to protect you in the event of an accident. Our attorneys will ensure that your case is promptly and properly investigated, evaluated, handled and resolved.
What to Do After a Car, Motorcycle, or Auto Accident
Once your medical needs are taken care of, you should take steps to document the scene of the accident. Below are some things we suggest you keep in mind if you or a family member are involved in an accident:
- Stay as calm as possible. Check for injuries. If you really think your injuries warrant being taken by ambulance to the hospital, insist on it. Make sure to tell all of the doctors you see after the accident how your injuries occurred and that they resulted from your recent accident.
- If it the accident involves a significant collision and there likely to be serious injuries, don’t move your vehicle unless its position puts you in danger or you are instructed to move it by a police officer.
- Call the police, even if the accident is minor.
- Notify your insurance agent about the accident immediately.
- Don’t sign any document unless it is for the police or your insurance agent.
- Make notes about the accident, damages to all vehicles involved. Get all auto registration and/or insurance information from the other driver and get witness contact information.
- Be polite, but don’t tell the other drivers or the police that the accident was your fault, even if you think it was. Do not accuse the other drivers of being at fault at this time. Do not spontaneously discuss your personal condition, mental frame of mind, or anything unrelated to the accident. Limit your discussion of the accident to the police and your insurance agent. Even if the facts are embarrassing or detrimental to you, be truthful.
- If you have a camera on your phone, and it is safe to do so, take plenty of photographs of the accident scene.
- If possible, do not leave the accident scene before the police officers and other drivers do.
- If you may get a call from the other driver’s insurance company asking for your version of what happened at the accident scene, politely decline to make a statement until you have consulted with a lawyer.
- Consider contacting an attorney experienced in handling automobile accident cases.
Please contact the Malone Law Firm today and tell us about your accident case: (305) 728-5134 or (800) BE-MY-LAWYER.