Here is a list of frequently asked questions concerning what you should do after a car accident.
Am I supposed to call the police?
Contacting the police is usually a good idea after a motor vehicle accident. Police reports document any injuries and damages sustained in the accident, as well as mapping out the liability on the parts of the drivers. In addition, the automobile insurance companies will want to see a law enforcement report.
Do I have to exchange information?
Yes. Get the full name and contact information for the other driver, passengers and any witnesses. You should also make note of the license plate number of the other driver’s car, and get the other driver’s license number.
I’m just a little shaken up. Should I see a doctor?
If you feel the slightest bit out of the ordinary, you may be more than just “a little shaken up.” Some serious injuries initially present very insignificant symptoms, such as blurring of vision, mild headache and dizziness. Take care of yourself and see a doctor if you experience symptoms, no matter how mild.
Do I need to take pictures?
Yes. A photographic record of the accident scene is an invaluable aid to protecting your rights and recovering a fair and just amount to cover the costs of vehicle repair, medical expenses and other damages. If you are not injured or are not caring for someone who is injured, take photos of your vehicle and the crash scene.
Do I have to contact my insurance company?
Absolutely. You are required to notify your insurance company if you have been involved in an auto accident.
Do I have to talk to the other driver’s insurance company?
No. You should be very careful discussing your car accident with anyone except your insurance company, your attorney and the police.
Should I contact an attorney?
Yes. If you or someone you care for is injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be able to recover, among other things, medical treatment costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. James O. Cunningham is a Florida auto accident lawyer with over 30 years experience fighting for fair compensation for auto accident victims. Please contact the Florida Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today and set up a consultation about your case.