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Do you know what to do after a car wreck in Miami?
Most individuals know to exchange insurance information in a fender bender, but what should you do after a serious accident?
Driving in Miami is dangerous because it’s a highly populated metropolitan area. The city’s congested roads not only make it a headache during rush hour but also one of the deadliest roads in the country. We hope you never need this information, but this is a detailed step-by-step guide on what to do after a serious car accident.
Stay Calm – Check For Injuries
The most important step may be the most difficult to follow. After an accident, the best thing to do is stay calm. If you are in a dangerous location and you can safely move yourself or your vehicle to safety, do it, making sure to use your hazard lights as you do. Before checking on the driver in the other vehicle, check yourself and your passengers for serious injuries. If you or someone was injured, call 911 immediately and do not move until emergency personnel has arrived. Even if you were not injured, it is recommended to call 911 and file an official report of the accident. The accident report may be useful to provide to your insurance company.
Once you are certain that you and your passengers are not seriously injured, you can exchange your name and insurance information with the other driver involved in the accident.
Even though drivers are only required to exchange name and insurance info, try to get as much information about the driver as possible, such as their:
It’s strongly recommended to keep your conversation with the other driver to a minimum. Don’t yell at them even if they were at fault. More importantly, never apologize or admit guilt, even if you were the one who caused the accident.
Another important detail to note is where the accident occurred. You already know the city name but also get down the names of the street and cross streets. Although it’s important that you do not overextend yourself, it will be useful to get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses who were present during the accident. Once you have given your statement to the police, find out where you will be able to get a copy of the accident report.
Taking pictures of the accident is technically part of collecting information, but it is so important, it deserves its own step. If you were not at fault, you might better protect yourself by taking pictures of your vehicle and all other vehicles involved in the accident. Pictures can be useful to support your claim when you file and it can also help your attorney prove liability and build your case. Nevertheless, don’t take pictures if you are likely to get injured as a result.
Contact Your Insurer
You should call your insurer and notify them about the accident as soon as possible, as most insurance companies have a timeframe for policyholders to submit their claim. If you sustained injuries during the accident, don’t file a claim until your doctor has provided you with all the necessary documents/information regarding your injury.
During this time, you should also contact A to Z Injury Law and hire a car accident attorney, as they can instruct you on who to speak and who to avoid. For example, you never want to speak to the insurance adjuster sent by the other driver’s insurance company.
Contact Miami auto accident injury lawyers
When people ask what to do after a car wreck in Miami, contacting a lawyer may seem like the last response. Eventually, you will get to this important step because without legal guidance, you may inadvertently say something that can be used against you. Contact an attorney as soon as possible, as you should give them sufficient time to build a case, which will involve several time-consuming steps. Evidence must be collected, eyewitnesses interviewed, and medical bills reviewed, to name a few.
Our firm is committed to protecting the rights of victims who were injured by another person’s negligent acts. For a free consultation, contact A to Z Injury Law. Call (305) 677-8325 today.
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