What to Do After a Car Accident
The Grife Law Firm has a decade worth of experience representing Florida families who have been seriously injured in car accidents. If you are involved in a car wreck, put our expertise to work for you.
Follow these steps to help ensure that you will get the best result from your car crash case:
Remain calm – After a crash, calmly wait in or near your vehicle for law enforcement to arrive. If you exit your vehicle, do so slowly and carefully. Do not exchange words with the at-fault driver. While you might be angry due to his or her careless driving, it is best to remain calm and try not to converse with anyone. Remember – anything you say can be used against you in court, so choose your words carefully.
Call 911 or your local police department – Be sure to call law enforcement from the scene of the crash so that they can document all relevant information including the identity and insurance information of the other driver. Law enforcement will also document the property damage, physical characteristics of the accident scene and investigate any circumstances such as driving under the influence.
Take pictures of the vehicles and get tag information – If you are able, take pictures of the damage to the vehicles and identifying information such as the license plate. The other driver may attempt to leave the scene. Gathering this information will help us track down that driver in the event he or she flees. If there are some unique characteristic of the crash scene, take pictures of that too.
Get medical attention – In the event you feel pain, it is prudent to take the ambulance to the emergency room to get checked out. The medical expenses should be covered by your PIP insurance. Documenting your pain at the crash scene and with a medical provider is very important. Remember that under Florida’s current PIP law if you do not receive medical attention within 14 days of the crash you lose your PIP benefits.
Contact The Grife Law Firm BEFORE calling your insurance company – Before calling your insurance company, call our personal injury law firm to ensure that everything gets reported in a light most favorable to you. Your own insurance company could be looking to diminish the value of your claim from the minute that it is reported. They will likely try to set up a recorded statement where they will ask questions aimed at assigning you some fault or diminishing your injuries. By contacting our law offices and letting us report the claim, we will do everything within our power to ensure that you get the most favorable outcome possible.