Every day in South Florida there are hundreds of car accidents varying with vehicle damage and degrees of victim injuries. If you are ever unlucky enough to be involved in a car accident in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, there are certain steps you should follow in order to assist you with any potential personal injury claim you may file.
Step One: Seek Medical Attention
First and foremost if you are injured in your accident you should call 911 and seek medical care for any of your injuries. The value of your potential case decreases significantly if you fail to seek medical care within the first 72 hours of your accident.
Step Two: Evidence
If you are able to obtain some information at the scene of the accident here are things that you should try to collect.
Drivers Involved: Name, Make Model License Plate Number Insurance Information of the other driver or other drivers involved.
Photos: Try to take any photos you can of the scene. Use your cell phone camera and email yourself a copy of any photos you take.
Witnesses: If other people stop to assist in the accident you can try to determine if they saw what occurred. Take down their name and number so you have them assist you in your potential insurance claim.
Police Report: Obtain a copy of the long or short form of the police report. If the report is unavailable ask the police officer for a report number.
Step Three: Contact Your Insurance Company
No matter which party was at fault you will need to contact your insurance company in order to report the accident and have them open a claim. Depending on the damage and condition to your vehicle the insurance company will likely assist you in finding a qualified repair shop and obtaining a rental vehicle.
Step Four: Consult an Attorney
Accidents that don’t cause any bodily injury to patrons will likely not the assistance of a car accident attorney. However, if you were at all injured by the accident it is imperative that you speak to a qualified car accident attorney. Your attorney will be able to guide you on filling out the necessary paperwork, explain your rights and responsibilities, and assist you in recovering you’re the best settlement possible.
Contact Shmucher Law, PL
If you are involved in a car accident in South Florida and would like to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney , feel free to call Shmucher Law, PL . Call 305.741.5553 or 954.309.5559 today.