Being involved in a car accident is an extremely frightening experience. It’s so disorienting that it can be difficult to know what to do and what not to do after you’ve been in a collision. It’s important to remember that what you do at the scene of the accident can have a significant impact on your personal injury case later on.
Here’s what not to do at the scene of a car crash in order to protect your right to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and vehicle damage.
1. Admit Fault
Never admit fault at the scene of an automobile accident. In fact, this is one of the easiest ways to compromise your personal injury case. Even if you believe you had a hand in causing the accident, it’s best to simply repeat the facts. For example, instead of saying “I was looking at my email on my cell phone when the accident happened,” you could say, “I was traveling South on the highway and collided with the other car’s front end.” Let the insurance companies figure out fault — after all, it’s their job.
2. Forget to Take Pictures
After a crash, you’re probably not thinking about hopping out of the car and getting a few snapshots. However, documenting the scene of the accident with your own camera is a very important step. While the police may take photos of the scene, you may not be able to get copies of them for your own records. Additionally, it’s possible that they may miss certain aspects of the crash, or the photos didn’t turn out well. If at all possible, take your own photos of the crash using your smartphone or a disposable camera kept in your glove compartment. Get pictures of every angle and be sure to get close up photos of damage and injures as well. If you’re injured to the point where you aren’t able to take photos, ask a trusted friend to do so for you.
3. Forget to Contact an Ocala Car Accident Lawyer
One of the biggest mistakes that an individual can make after being involved in a car accident is not contacting an attorney at the scene of the crash. Often, people wait to call an Ocala car accident lawyer until after they get home from the hospital, or even several days or weeks later. This can compromise your future personal injury case, simply because by waiting to call, you’re giving everyone except your attorney a head start. By contacting a skilled attorney at the scene of the crash, you can give your lawyer the opportunity to investigate the collision alongside the insurance company, giving your case a legal edge.
At the Slonaker Law Firm, we have assisted dozens of individuals and families who have been involved in car accidents on Florida’s dangerous roadways. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a car crash, don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation by calling 352-629-6656 or toll free at 888-629-6656.