In the aftermath of an auto accident, your head might be spinning as you try to figure out what to do in the moments right after the accident occurred.
The office of Chuck Philips, a motor vehicle accident lawyer Trinity based, provides some useful guidelines for what to do if you have been involved in an accident. Sometimes it’s helpful to be reminded of what NOT to do, too. Here are some helpful tips.
1) Do NOT discuss fault or injuries with the other party involved. Even if you feel bad about the situation or think that you may have had some fault, do not apologize or make a statement. Leave the investigation and determination of fault in the hands of law enforcement.
2) Do NOT leave the scene before you have taken pictures, documented witnesses, and before law enforcement arrives. Sometimes witnesses may not be able to stay until law enforcement arrives, so gather their information right away. Use your phone to take pictures of everything – the vehicles, any damage, or debris. All of this gathered information will be very helpful for your attorney as well, and will help your insurance company process the claim.
3) Do NOT ignore your physical condition, even if you think you will be ok. Always seek medical attention within 14 days of the accident and get the exam documented. Sometimes, people don’t seek medical attention because they think they are fine. Then, three weeks following the accident, they realize they are not alright. Unfortunately, since the two week window has passed, they will not be able to receive any personal injury protection coverage under their policy to help cover any new medical expenses since an initial exam never happened. That is why it is always important to get checked out, no matter how well you feel or seem.
Avoiding these three very costly mistakes makes it far more likely you will receive the compensation you deserve when you’ve been in an accident.
If you have suffered through an accident or are searching for an auto accident lawyer in Trinity, Brooksville, Inverness or Spring Hill, please contact the office of Chuck Philips. Our caring team will listen to your story and help you determine what to do next.