Howto Handle An Accident

How to Handle an Accident

Unfortunately, auto accidents are something most people find themselves involved in  sooner or later. Car accident claims are based on the other driver’s fault. If they are found  to be at fault, they will be liable for your damages. Damages can be personal injuries,  property damage or both. If the accident was your fault, you don’t have a case. You can  only file a claim with your own insurance company. Personal injury damages include your  medical bills, out of pocket expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Property  damages include damage to your car and any personal items within it. Let’s focus on  negligence. To prove your negligence claim, you must show that the other driver was  negligent and that it was in fact his negligence that caused your personal injury or property damage. If you don’t have damages, you don’t have a claim.

Call 911: The first thing you should do is call 911 and report the accident. If you are  seriously hurt, someone else should call for you. Reports from emergency medical  services EMS and police will be valuable to your personal injury case. These reports will  provide a description of your injuries and the medical care you were given at the scene  of the accident. Emergency first responders may also transfer you to the nearest hospital  where doctors will continue to create more medical documentation. A police report  contains detailed information regarding the at fault drivers’ errors including tickets issued,  names and contact information of witnesses, weather conditions, accident diagrams,  insurance information, and more. 

Avoid Talking with Other Drivers and Passengers: Don’t let the other driver talk you  out of calling the police, always call the police. If anyone is injured or if any property was  damaged, don’t agree to any arrangements that don’t involve making an official accident  report. if you plan on filing a personal injury or property damage claim against the other  driver, a police report will be very helpful.  

Gather Important Evidence & Information: EMS and the police can only document  certain information in their reports, you need to try to gather additional information you  think may help during claim negotiations. The more information you have, the better your  chance of a higher settlement. Write down the following as soon as possible after the  accident: the driver’s name, Address, telephone number, email address, driver’s insurance information including the driver’s policy number, the names and contact  information for all witnesses, your immediate thoughts, and observations etc. 

Take Lots of Pictures: Take photographs of the accident scene, your injuries, and  damage to the cars. If you’re badly injured, ask someone at the scene to help you take  photos. 

Get Medical Treatment: In the days following your accident, you’ll need to see a doctor  to get treatment for your injuries. To make a strong case, you must have credible  independent medical documentation. Be sure to get referrals to any specialists you need  to treat specific injuries. If you don’t have a family physician, ask for referrals from family  and friends, seek out doctors who will objectively treat your injuries and render the  medical documentation needed to support your case. 

Call our Experienced Miami Accident Lawyer Today  

At Suarez and Montero Car Accident Attorneys, our clients know they can trust our team  of highly experienced and well-informed car accident attorneys to deliver the type of  aggressive legal representation needed to take on insurance companies. If you’ve been  in any type of vehicular accident, let our motor vehicle accident lawyers review your claim!  Our skilled Miami car accident attorneys will work around the clock to hold the appropriate  parties responsible for your injuries. We will fight to make sure that you get the maximum  amount of compensation owed to you. Let us review your case and discuss your legal  options. Our attorneys are ready to provide proven legal representation in pursuing your  claim and stand ready to protect your rights. We are available 24/7 to give you a free, no risk case consultation. We serve clients throughout Florida including those in the following  areas:  

Miami-Dade: Aventura, Coral Gables, Doral, Fontainebleau, Hialeah, Homestead,  Kendall, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Lakes, North Miami, Tamiami, and Westchester.  

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