When you’re in a car accident, it’s hard to think with a clear mind for quite some time afterward. This is especially true here in South Florida where the West Palm Beach sun rays alone can cause disorientation — let alone after experiencing a high speed impact. That’s why it’s particularly critical that you know ahead of time the actions you need to take after being in a car accident that will best protect your personal health as well as your financial security.
As a West Palm Beach injury attorney, I can say with certainty that not enough people know what to do in this situation. They’re too worried about their smashed vehicle to take a moment and assess possible injuries; too dazed too worry about unwittingly conceding responsibility for the accident; and too present-minded to even think about the future. In such a case, it’s very easy to hurt your chances at winning a potential injury claim if you don’t already know what actions are in your best interest. So today we’re going to discuss the 5 things that everyone should do after they’ve been involved in a West Palm Beach car accident.
1. The first thing you need to do after you’ve been in a car accident is assess yourself, as well as any passengers, of any threatening injuries. If it appears that someone is seriously injured, call the proper medical authorities immediately. If it looks like there’s no major injuries, you should still proceed to alert the police to make sure they arrive on the scene.
2.The second thing you must do is remain at the accident scene. Once you’ve exchanged insurance information with the other driver and have spoken to the police, you can leave — but not a moment before.
3. Thirdly, you need to be extremely careful to NOT admit guilt. It’s a common reaction to apologize for bumping into someone, even when you know full well it was not your fault. An apology in the case of a car accident is considered an admittance of guilt and may relieve the responsible party of liability if given. Never, ever, apologize.
4. The fourth issue of importance is contacting your insurance company as soon as possible. This way your insurance benefits for medical costs and collision damage are enacted accessible right away.
5. Last, but not least, you should consult with a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer. If you’ve already retained an injury attorney, you should never, under any condition, speak with insurance company or its agents directly. Always refer them to your lawyer. If you haven’t yet retained an accident attorney, and the insurance company or other driver offers you a settlement, never accept it without first having it reviewed by a lawyer.
Some of these things may seem like common sense, but nothing comes clearly in the heat of the moment after a car accident. By following these 5 simple steps, you can easily protect yourself in the event that you need to pursue legal action to remedy a severe injury. If you or a loved-one has been injured, contact our West Palm Beach personal injury law firm today for a free consultation.