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What to do after a car accident: 3 actions you need to take

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2021 | Personal Injury |

A car accident is a shocking event that may leave you reeling and unsure of what to do. In 2019, there were over 400,000 crashes in Florida, according to the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

In the wake of a wreck, there are three actions it is imperative for you to take.

1. Take photos if you are unhurt

Photographs may serve as valuable evidence when filing your claim. They also help to verify who is at fault in the accident and remind you of important details you may forget later. Take pictures of anything that may prove significant later, including the surroundings, vehicle damage, property damage, traffic signs and lights, skid marks, road markings, obstructions, injuries, witnesses, police officers, the other driver, and the make, model and license plate of the other automobile. Obtain extra pictures of each from many different angles and viewpoints to ensure you capture all aspects of the scene.

2. Avoid talking to anyone except the police

Avoid unnecessary conversation; it is easy to slip up and speak incriminating words. If you accidentally admit to any fault to the other driver or witnesses, it may end up as evidence against you in court. Absolutely never talk to the other party’s insurance company. When discussing the incident with officers, only answer questions they ask and speak plain, hard facts.

3. Seek immediate medical attention

This applies even if you feel fine. Invisible injuries such as brain damage or internal wounds may not manifest any symptoms for days, weeks or even months. If you have a hidden injury and wait, your condition may worsen, leading to high medical bills, permanent disability or death.

While it is difficult to predict the expenses and time associated with the aftermath of a wreck, how you handle the situation at the time can make all the difference between more headaches and a smooth recovery.