The aftermath of an accident can be overwhelming and confusing. One moment, you may be driving to the grocery store or trying to get to the store, and the next, you may find yourself with serious injuries and a very damaged vehicle. If you find yourself in that situation, do you know what to do next to protect your interests?
What you do in the moments, days and weeks after an accident can have a significant impact on your recovery and a potential civil claim in the future. It is in your interests to know how to proceed. All Florida drivers will find it beneficial to learn about how to move forward after a serious auto collision.
In the immediate aftermath
In the moments after a crash, you may feel scared and confused about what to do next. First, you must stop if you are involved in a crash. All drivers have a legal obligation to pull over if they hit another car or another car hits them. Some of the things you may need to do after you pull over include the following:
- Check on all parties involved and see if anyone needs medical attention
- Call for police and an ambulance
- Try to limit how much you interact with others involved in the accident — people can use what you say against you
- Never admit responsibility or hint that you may be even partially to blame for what happened
- Try to make notes about what happened and things you notice at the accident scene
- Try and get contact information from others involved, including witnesses
- Take pictures of all vehicles involved, if you are able to do so
In the days and weeks following an accident, you may find it helpful to keep track of all information and documentation related to the incident. This includes medical records, doctor bills and insurance forms. This can help you support your case if you move forward with a civil claim in the future.
Your recovery starts now
It is smart to start thinking about your recovery as soon as possible after an accident. If you think you have grounds to pursue financial compensation through a personal injury claim, you can take the initial steps in this process by contacting an experienced lawyer. An evaluation of your case can help you understand how you can hold liable parties accountable and how to proceed from this point.