What to Do if You Are Involved in an Auto Accident
Sound legal advice in your time of need
In the minutes after an auto accident, many people find themselves in a state of emotional shock. The sudden, unexpected, life-altering event brings with it many questions. At the Sessums Law Group, P.A., we offer friendly personal service and seek the best outcome for you in your automobile accident case. Read on to learn more about what to do after an auto accident to protect your right to seek compensation.
What should I say or not say?
If an auto accident causes physical injuries or property damage, responding police officers usually begin preparing reports while the participants and witnesses are still on the scene. When you are approached by the officer to explain your side of the story, be cooperative and respectful. Police officers are only human and their emotions and feelings are often evident in their reports. Be polite. Give the officer your driver’s license, registration and insurance information, but respectfully decline to discuss specifics about the accident until you speak to your attorney. At Sessums Law Group, P.A. we encourage clients to be respectfully silent on matters of fault and to remember these rules:
- Do not admit fault to anyone
- Do not share details about the accident on social media
- Other than the minimum requirement, do not give details of the accident to your insurance company
What should I do or not do after an auto accident?
Protect yourself from further injury by staying out of the roadway. If your car is disabled and remains in a traffic lane, move out of the way of traffic to a safe location on the shoulder of the road. If anyone is injured and needs medical attention, call 911. Once you are safe and the authorities are on their way, begin gathering evidence to give to your personal injury lawyer.
As long as it is safe to do so, you can help us build a solid case for you by:
- Taking pictures of the scene
- Taking pictures of any vehicle and property damage caused by the accident
- Getting contact information from other drivers and potential witnesses
- Seeking medical care if you feel you are injured in any way
This information can give us a head start in preparing your case for an insurance demand or trial, if necessary.
Call Lakeland and Sebring, FL lawyers for a complimentary case evaluation
The experienced attorneys at Sessums Law Group, P.A. can answer your legal questions about your auto accident We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay if we don’t win your case. Call our Lakeland office at 877-826-5630, our Sebring office at 863-658-4796 or contact us online. At Sessums Law Group, P.A., we stand for you!