Tampa Auto Accident Attorneys Matt Powell and Mitch Espat explain your rights if you are injured in a car accident and the car crash was not your fault. Their attorney office is located in Tampa Florida and they have been helping Floridians for over 20 years.
Car Accidents Happen
In today’s fast-paced society, no matter how careful you are, the chances are high that you will be injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence. If being hurt isn’t bad enough, the way you are sometimes treated by the auto insurance companies can sometimes be worse. Insurance companies do their best to deny or reduce your car crash claim. And if the car accident insurance company must pay your claim, they may try to delay as long as possible before paying you for your injuries from the car crash. The auto insurance industry is a multi-billion dollar business with very little regulation. Car insurance costs each of us an average of 12% of our total income even if you have never made a claim for a car accident in your life. It is important to be prepared before a car accident occurs so that your actions can make the difference between receiving a full settlement for your damages or receiving only a pittance for your injury.
First Things You Should Do After A Car Accident
The first thing you should after a car crash is to STOP, accidents happen to even the most careful drivers. Get control of your emotions. There is almost never a good excuse for leaving the scene of a car accident.
Check and make sure that you and your passengers are okay, then see if anyone else is injured from the car accident.
If there are injuries from car crash, call for an ambulance immediately to get help for the car accident victims.
Don’t move anyone that is badly injured unless there is a danger for greater injury by leaving them in their crashed car.
If you are hurt from the car accident and are not in grave danger, it is usually best to remain in your vehicle until medical help arrives.
Leave your car where it is.
Don’t move the car after the accident unless it is a clear liability case where you were rear ended.
You should only move your car after an accident if it is blocking a busy road.
When in doubt, leave your car where it is until the police tell you it is okay to move your car from the scene of the accident.
Call the police. Dial 911 and ask for help.
The police usually respond faster if there are injuries, or drugs or alcohol is involved. So if you think the other driver is a drunk driver, tell that to the police immediately.
Go to the hospital for your car accident injuries right away.
The sooner you get checked out by a doctor, the better it will be for your case. And the sooner you start treatment for your car accident injuries, the better chance you will have of making a full recovery.
The car accident insurance companies love to say that you must not have been hurt because you waited a long time after your car accident before you saw a doctor. Avoid this insurance trick by getting checked out as soon as possible after the crash.
Preserve any evidence about the car accident you can, such as the identity of witnesses who may be able to help explain that the other driver was at fault for causing the car crash.
Get the other drivers name, address, and insurance company, as well as the other vehicle owners information too.
Tell the police what happened in the car accident but do not give any statements to any other “investigators” of the other parties. You have a duty to tell the police what happened, but you should not explain how the car accident happened to anyone other than your attorney.
There will be plenty of time to give statements later if you have too. So don’t assume you have to give a recorded statement to anyone about how the car crash happened. Ask Matt Powell if you have to give a statement.
By following these few simple steps you can protect your rights after a car accident.
Call an experienced personal injury lawyer, one who is board certified by the Florida Bar to learn your rights after any car accident.