If you sustain injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure what to do next.
The actions you take in the immediate aftermath of a wreck impact your potential to recover damages in the future. Here are some tips on wise steps to take after a car crash.
1. Seek medical attention
When hurt in an accident, the first thing you should do is see a physician. The earlier you seek medical treatment, the easier it is to establish that the injuries sustained were a direct result of the trauma that occurred in the incident.
2. Understand the no-fault rule
In Florida, there is a no-fault car insurance rule. Essentially, this means that except in rare circumstances, each driver’s insurance company pays for the damage to their vehicle regardless of who caused the accident.
3. Alert your insurance company
After attending to your medical needs, you must contact your insurance company to inform them of the accident. Avoid accepting blame for the incident. Instead, focus on when and where the accident took place, the number of vehicles involved and the damage to your car. Further, inform the insurer immediately of any injuries sustained.
4. Do not immediately accept first offers
If an insurance company offers you a settlement, you do not need to accept it immediately. Talk it over with your family and lawyer to determine whether the compensation offered is sufficient.
Car accidents cause grave injuries that can have life-altering repercussions. Act wisely in the aftermath of a wreck to protect your own interests.