What To Do After an Accident
If, while driving in the Central Florida area, you were involved in an auto accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident, you may need a lawyer who is experienced and prepared to represent your case. However, it is extremely important that you follow some basic procedures beginning at the scene of the accident, so as not to jeopardize your right to compensation.
Immediately after an accident occurs, you should call the police and get medical assistance, if possible. When the emergency crew appears at the scene, the medics will attend to any injuries. It is important that you report all injuries, no matter how minor they may seem. Some injuries that appear minor may become more serious as time progresses, while others such as whiplash may not even become apparent until days later.
When the police arrive at the scene, they will be busy clearing vehicles and debris from the roadway. They may then assist with the exchange of information between the parties involved in the accident. However, if the police are not able to oversee this information exchange, be sure that you receive the other driver’s contact information including their name and a phone number where they can be reached along with their insurance information.
While you may want to comment on the accident, it is important that you do not admit fault or place blame on the other individual. Also, remember not to make a comment to the other individual’s insurance company, as any statements or remarks you make may be used against you later.
Any evidence you can gather from the scene will be useful in presenting your case. For instance, if you have a camera and are able to take pictures at the scene of the accident, this will be valuable evidence to show not only what happened, but also the conditions at the time the accident occurred. Another good idea is to write down as much information as you can remember about the accident soon after it happens, while it is still fresh in your mind. People often forget details over time; so writing everything down may help to jog your memory later.
Finally, don’t forget to contact your insurance company and report the accident so they can begin processing your claim. If your accident occurred in Orlando or Central Florida, contact an auto, truck, or motorcycle accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Richard B. Troutman today. Depending on the type of accident and your insurance coverage or the coverage of the other driver, you may be eligible to receive reimbursement for any medical expenses or disability resulting from the accident.
Keeping receipts from any expenses related to the accident is important as well. Not only can you be reimbursed for these expenses, but these receipts may also prove the extent of your injuries. For instance, if you would normally do your grocery shopping yourself, but after the accident were unable to drive to the grocery store or carry your groceries into your home and paid for someone to deliver them to you, keeping the receipts from these deliveries may help with your case.
For further information about what to do following an Orlando or Central Florida auto or motorcycle accident, contact a lawyer at The Troutman Law Firm today.