What to Do After an Auto Accident
Educating Clients and the Public about Auto Accident Procedures
An accident on the road can be alarming. The Pensacola car crash lawyers at Whibbs Stone Barnett, provide advice about what you should do. If you are the type of person who plans ahead, this information might be a useful addition to your glove compartment.
If you’ve been in an accident, there are several things you should do immediately. Try to stay calm so that you can do what is necessary.
Clearly, if you have been injured you should seek immediate medical attention. Sometimes serious injuries do not cause immediate pain. If you experience even minor pain after an accident, seek treatment as soon as possible to preserve evidence of your injury.
Eyewitnesses Could Be the Key to Your Injury Case
In any type of accident, it is important to locate witnesses and get their names, addresses and telephone numbers. If you are unable to do this, try to ask someone at the scene to do it for you. You cannot always rely on the police for this kind of information.
If you are able, exchange information, including insurance data, with the other driver. Call the police.
When possible, take photos of the accident scene, or ask someone to do it for you. Take shots from multiple angles and include whatever objects may have been involved. Note the time and date the photos were taken.
Don’t discuss the facts of a car accident with anyone but the police. Tell them the truth.
Insurance Adjusters May Not Be on Your Side
Call your auto insurance agent and promptly report the accident. You must cooperate with your insurance company. But don’t discuss any aspect of the accident or your injuries with the other person’s insurance company representative. No matter what that person tells you, you are not obligated to be interviewed. Insurance company representatives are looking out for their company’s interests, not yours.
That is why it is a good idea to talk to a lawyer before you talk to any insurance company. Most Pensacola auto accident attorneys, like those at our firm, offer a free initial consultation, so it is in your best interest to take advantage of this to see if you require legal help.
If you are partially or totally at fault in the accident, the accident is serious, or it involves wrongful death in Pensacola, you should contact a lawyer prior to speaking to anyone, if practical. Your lawyer can review the facts with you to ensure that your statement is clear and factually correct. If necessary, your lawyer can help you fill out any required accident reports and insurance claim forms.
When You Need Pensacola Car Crash Lawyers You Can Trust
If you require assistance at any point in an accident investigation, do not hesitate to contact Whibbs Stone Barnett online or at (850) 434-5395 to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION on all personal injury claims with a car crash attorney in Pensacola or Fort Walton Beach.
We look forward to delivering the service you expect and the compensation you deserve. We really can help.