Have you been in a car accident? Wondering what to do next? Well, you found the right article. Car accidents and injuries can be scary, nerve-wracking and a pain in the backside. Peter Porcaro, your (future) auto accident attorney, has litigated car accidents and personal injuries for years. Follow his steps to get started on the right path.
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Steps To Take After an Auto Accident
1. Drive to a safe area, away from traffic
It is important, if it is safe, to move your car from the main road. The last thing you need is a distracted driver rear ending your car after you’ve already been in one accident. If you cannot move your car out of the way, put your hazard lights on so others can safely drive past!
2. Park your car and get out
After you park your car, turn off your engine, and take a DEEP breath and relax. Before getting out, check for cars approaching. If you have traffic cones or flares, feel free to use them around your car’s parameter.
3. Check to make sure those involved are OK
Whether it be passengers or pedestrians, check on all the other parties involved. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately. If someone is seriously injured, do not move them! They may have a spinal injury and any movement can cause paralysis. Even dizziness should be checked by a healthcare professional.
4. Call the police to the scene
Even if the accident is minor, a police accident report can help when dealing with insurance and the other driver involved. It is best to cooperate with police, but avoid blaming anyone or causing conflict. The police can objectively judge what occurred and determine who is at fault (if anyone).
Sometimes police can’t make it to the scene, especially if there are no injuries. If this is the case with your car accident, you can file an accident report through your state’s DMV. Call the DMV or go to their website!
5. Gather information about the accident
Write down as much information as possible about the car accident, like:
- Driver and passenger names
- License plate numbers
- Insurance info
- Makes and models of all vehicles involved
- Contact info for any eyewitnesses
- Location of the accident
- The name and badge number of any responding police officers
6. Take photos of the scene
Pull out your smartphone and snap some pictures of the auto accident scene, along with the road and the circumstance.
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7. Take photos of the scene
Sit back and Relax – Porcaro Law will take care of the rest.
Peter Porcaro at Porcaro Law Group is an experienced car accident attorney in Florida. He understands the hardships you might face when dealing with an auto accident. He will guide you and handle the legal part of your case while you heal and recover. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation or give us a call at 561-286-7561.