First and foremost, stop and assess the scene. Make sure that you and everyone in your vehicle are okay. Do not drive away from the scene of the accident, even if it was just a fender bender. Put your hazards on to help protect yourself and the other occupants in your vehicle. Call the police so they can come out as soon as possible to assess the accident scene. Before getting out of your vehicle, be sure that there is no oncoming traffic. The vehicles that were involved in the car accident should stay where they are. The only time the vehicles should be moved is if they interfere with traffic, which causes a further hazard for the vehicle’s occupants and other vehicle passengers. If at all possible, take pictures of the scene. While waiting for the police, take pictures of your vehicles damages and the other vehicles damages. Exchange information with the other driver. The police department will usually gather all drivers and passenger’s information, including insurance information, but it’s a good idea for you to do so as well, in case the police do not show or the driver decides to leave the scene of the car accident. The police will also look to see if there are any witnesses to speak to. Make sure to get the police report number. You will be able to use this number at a later date to obtain the police report.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
For serious and/or life threatening injuries, go to the emergency room. For less serious, but apparent injuries, you can choose to go to an urgent care. Injuries from a car accident and other motor vehicle accidents sometimes take hours or even days to appear. With or without severe symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention within 36 hours following a traumatic such as a car accident. The doctors and staff at Miami Accident Center, have many years’ experience evaluating and treating injury victims of a car accident and other auto accidents, slip and falls, work injuries and sports injuries. You can be seen the same day at Miami Accident Center, so call today: 305-928-2828. Weekend hours are available.
Reporting Your Car Accident to Your Auto Insurance Company
Make sure to report your car accident to your auto insurance company. Let them know the details of the car accident and if you have any injuries and ask about your medical benefits. All Florida drivers are required, by law, to carry Personal Injury Protection (PCP) which covers up to $10,000 for medical / chiropractic treatment and loss wages.
Records of Your Car Accident
Keep record of all your car accident related documents by starting a file. You can add your auto insurance policy, case number, police report and any other documents that you receive from your insurance company and from the other person’s insurance company. Staring a file will help you stay organized and thus help to relieve your stress level.
Qualified Car Accident Attorneys Upon Request
Victims of a car accident and other auto accidents have many questions. Some of them are best answered by attorneys that specialize in auto accidents. Upon request, Miami Accident Center will provide you with the names of trusted, qualified accident attorneys that can answer any questions that you may have. Make sure not to sign any legal documentation from insurance companies until you have spoken with an attorney. The attorney will advise you and help to protect your rights.
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