Nobody ever expects to be involved in a car accident – until it happens to them. With more than 200,000 car accidents occurring each year, according to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department, they are a reality that many people unfortunately face. What is even more unfortunate is that many injured people don’t understand their rights or the steps to take immediately following an accident.
That’s where Accident Agents come in – we help our clients and navigate them through this challenging process. Read on to see our 5 things you should know about if you are involved in an accident.
Step one: Call the Police
Whether you’ve been involved in a low-speed parking lot scrape, or something more serious, never underestimate what you’ve gone through. Call the police and wait at the scene for them to arrive. Explain what happened and take note of any evidence, such as damage on your vehicle, the other person’s vehicle, and any other relevant information. The police will also do the same and will create a crash report, a very important report that will help protect your rights down the line.
Step Two: Seek Medical Care
If you are visibly or seriously injured, seek emergency medical care as soon as possible. They will notify your family and this emergency medical visit will also be documented by the hospital staff and will be important in your case.
Step Three: Call Accident Agents
Do not call your insurance. They are specially trained in asking questions to you that may confuse, complicate, or otherwise make it more difficult to receive your compensation. Call Accident Agents immediately and let us know what you’re going through so we can help determine the best legal representation and medical care specifically for your situation.
Step Four: Do Not Talk to Your Insurance Company
Just like in step 3, you might start getting calls from the insurance company. If they get you on the line, tell them to call Accident Agents or your attorney to get details of your case.
Step 5: Listen to your doctor and your attorney
Pay attention to your case details – your attorney will be keeping you apprised of your case status and will be able to answer questions along the way. Their interest is in protecting your rights and ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve for being injured.
In the same vein, pay attention to the instructions given to you by your doctor. It’s important to keep up with your appointments during this time, otherwise the insurance company may think you no longer need medical care. If your vehicle was damaged, Accident Agents will help you with transportation to your appointments, as well as arranging for vehicle repair or a rental, if needed.
At Accident Agents, we don’t see our clients as another number or paycheck – you are a human being who has been injured and might not know how to leverage your rights in the most effective way. We don’t want to see another person taken advantage of – call 1-866-4-Agente to get started!