Things to Never Do After a Car Accident

After a car accident, with your adrenaline pumping, it can be difficult to act thoughtfully. But, your actions in the time immediately after a crash can determine your success in obtaining compensation for your losses. One mistake or offhand statement could compromise your insurance claim or ability to win an auto accident case. 

Try to avoid these missteps after a car accident:

Leaving the Scene

If you’ve sustained injuries in a car accident you should, of course, go to the hospital in an ambulance if necessary. But, otherwise, don’t drive away from the crash. Even if it seems like a minor incident, stay put. Unlawfully leaving the scene of a car accident is a criminal offense under Florida law. 

Admitting Fault

Even a simple apology to the other driver can be deemed an admission of guilt and may compromise your insurance compensation. So, try to limit communication with the other driver, besides asking for contact and insurance information. 

Failing to Collect Important Information

Speaking of asking for information: Make sure to exchange contact and insurance information with the other individuals involved in the accident. Whenever possible, gather photo and video evidence of the accident. If there were any witnesses to the crash, collect their contact information as well. This evidence will support your insurance claim

Not Calling the Police

A police report is a crucial piece of evidence for auto insurance claims and lawsuits, if necessary. So, make sure to call the police ASAP after the crash and collect a copy of the police report. 

Being Slow to Receive Medical Care

Seek medical care as soon as possible after an accident, even if you feel okay. Adrenaline can mask pain right after a crash, so a professional evaluation is key to uncovering injuries. Remember that Florida law requires individuals involved in auto accidents within 14 days to qualify for Personal Injury Protection, or PIP, benefits. 

If you were recently involved in an auto accident, contact the seasoned attorneys at Weldon & Rothman, PL to help you navigate your insurance claim.