The hours and day after a car accident can be difficult and confusing and stressful. In many cases, victims are in pain, have to deal with a wrecked car, and are concerned about how they going to pay their bills. Fortunately, in many cases, victims are able to recover compensation for their injuries by filing a personal injury claim. Obtaining a settlement1 or award is not automatic, however, and there are certain things that you can do to protect your rights after an accident occurs. Three of these are discussed below.
One of the most important things that you can do to protect your rights after an accident is to collect as much information as possible. Examples of the kinds of facts of which you should make note include the following:
- The names of the other drivers involved
- The license plate numbers of the vehicles
- The weather conditions at the time of the crash
- Insurance policy information from the other drivers
If you can, take pictures of the scene of the accident and the damage to your vehicle. Also, if anyone witnessed the accident, ask them for their contact information so that you can contact them later if your case becomes contested.
See a Physician
If you are involved in an accident, you should undergo a thorough medical evaluation, even if you do not believe you are seriously injured. There are two distinct reasons it is important to do so – first, some injuries, like whiplash,2 may not become symptomatic for days or weeks after your accident. If you do not have your injuries immediately diagnosed, it may be difficult to prove that they were caused by your accident. Secondly, seeing a physician will ensure that your injuries are properly identified and that you start any required treatment as soon as possible.
Call a Gainesville Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been involved in an accident, you should always speak to an attorney. Even if you end up not having a claim at all, you should have a lawyer review your case. Failing to do so could result in you missing out on thousands of dollars in compensation. In addition, it is important to understand that the insurance company is not on your side. Do not assume that their settlement offer is fair. By talking to an attorney, you can make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve.
Call a Gainesville Car Accident Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
If you have been hurt in a car accident in North Central Florida, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can. We have handled thousands of cases and have the skill, knowledge, and experience required to bring your case to a successful resolution. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Meldon Law today at 352-373-8000 or send us an email through our online contact form.