Important Steps to Take After an Auto Accident
The law offices of West Palm Beach auto accident attorney, Stephen J. Press, has represented victims of various types of accidents and injuries for four decades. We have served the greater West Palm Beach area.
The law offices of West Palm Beach auto accident attorney, Stephen J. Press, have zealously represented clients with passion and professions. One in five people will be involved in an auto accident sometime during their life. With the ever-increasing population, auto accidents are on the rise. Auto accidents are certainly a common occurrence and happen every day in West Palm Beach. We understand that every auto accident is unique. However, if you’re involved in an auto accident, there certain steps that you should take and be aware of what you should do. What you do, immediately after an accident can have far-reaching effect on your rights, your financial security and your health.
- Move the vehicle to a safe place.
People are commonly told not to their vehicle after an auto accident. However, tests, it is important that you move your car out of the traffic area so that your auto is safe and you will not cause a secondary accident caused by traffic back it up or hitting your vehicle.
- Make a police report.
The police should be called as soon as possible in order to notify them about the accident and to make an accident report. This is very important even if you feel there is little or no damage to your vehicle or the other vehicle. It is possible to have serious bodily injury even from a minor impact. The traffic accident report will provide an official and objective report of the accident. Even though what you say to the police while at the scene is confidential. You should be careful only to supply the information requested by the police.
- Contact medical help as soon as possible.
Even if you are not transported from the accident scene to the emergency room you should seek immediate medical attention. Effective January 1, 2013. Individuals seeking personal injury protection medical benefits are required to see a doctor within 14 days of the motor vehicle accident. A failure to seek medical attention within the required 14 days can be grounds for the denial of your medical benefits which could be as much as $10,000.
- Take photos of the vehicles and the accident scene.
If you are able to, you should take photos of the autos involved in the accident and the scene as it looked at that time the accident immediately after the accident or soonest possible thereafter. With the advent of digital cameras it is possible to take as many photos as necessary. So don’t hesitate to take this important step. It is also a good idea to keep at least a disposable camera in your glove box.
- Do not discuss the accident with anyone.
The law only requires you to discuss the action of the police when you make out accident report. You should not talk to anyone else i.e. the other driver’s insurance company. They will try to take a recorded statement from you which you should refuse. Never admit fault to the other driver. If you speak to the other driver at the scene of the accident, only exchange the required information.
- Report the accident to your own insurance company.
Report the accident to your own insurance company as soon as possible. Your policy coverage requires you to report the accident to your own insurance company. Therefore, you should cooperate fully with them, including their request for a recorded statement.
If you have been injured in an auto accident, contact the law offices of West Palm Beach auto accident attorney, Stephen J. Press, for a free evaluation of your case. Please call us at (561) 833-2772 or contact us online.