The checklist below can be used if you are in a car accident, motorcycle crash, truck accident, bicycle crash, or pedestrian accident. The steps you should take and the information you need is the same regardless of how the accident happened.
Injuries – Are you injured? Are your passengers or anyone else injured? Call 911 for medical assistance if you or anyone at the accident scene appears to be injured. It is better to have emergency personnel check you than to risk your injury becoming worse from a lack of medical care.
Call the Police – Even if you are not injured, call 911 and request a police officer. Remain at the accident scene (unless you are seriously injured) until the police officer arrives, investigates, and advises you that you can leave.
Move to a Safe Location – If your vehicle is operable, move it out of traffic. Turn on your warning lights in either case. If you cannot move your vehicle to a safe location, remain in your vehicle until help arrives or move to a safe location, if possible. Never stand beside your vehicle. Another driver could be distracted and crash into your vehicle before the police arrive.
Take Pictures – If you can do so while remaining safe, take pictures of the accident scene, including the vehicles and any skid marks or other evidence.
Obtain Information – Ask for the other driver’s insurance and contact information. Get the names and contact information for any witnesses. Ask the police officer for his name and badge number.
Make Notes – As soon as you can do so, make notes about the accident. Include what you remember before, during, and after the accident. If you overheard a conversation, include this information in your notes. Your memory may fade over time. Writing down the details while they are fresh on your mind can help your Boca Raton car accident attorney prepare a case for damages.
See a Doctor – If you were not transported to the emergency room, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. Delaying medical treatment can harm your health, but it can also harm your accident claim.
Contact an Attorney – Before discussing your claim with an insurance adjuster or signing any documents for the insurance company, contact an attorney. A Boca Raton car accident attorney has your best interest as his top priority. The insurance adjuster and insurance company for the other driver DOES NOT.
Damages In A Motor Vehicle Accident Claim
Depending on the factors in your case, you may be entitled to receive compensation from the other driver for your damages. Damages that are typically eligible for compensation in a motor vehicle accident claim include:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Permanent disability
- Physical pain and emotional stress
- Other out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident
Call A Boca Raton Car Accident Attorney
The Boca Raton car accident attorneys of The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. offer free consultations and case evaluations. Contact our office today 1-800-333-3903 to speak with an attorney.