Often people involved in car wrecks throughout Jacksonville are uncertain what they should do in the event of a serious accident.
Calling the police is a must, especially if the other driver suggests that you do not. If you are able, it is important to get the names and contact information of witnesses. Make a mental note of any skid marks on the road as they can be photographed later and can provide valuable evidence about how an accident happened.
It is common for a person to be upset and full of adrenaline immediately following an accident. This can mask serious personal injuires. When in doubt, go to the hospital or to a doctor. In addition, it is common for injuries, especially soft tissue injuries, to first cause serious symptoms the day or two after an accident.
If you have any bruising from a seatbelt, it is important to take photographs of the bruises to be able to resolve any claims later on that you were not wearing a seatbelt. Photographs depicting the damage to your car are important as well in order to demonstrate the significance of the impact. The old adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words” is especially true in car accident cases.
It is not necessary to contact an attorney immediately; however, it may be very helpful as the application of no-fault insurance benefits, employment issues, lost wages, and getting your vehicle repaired or replaced can be very confusing.
You are not obligated to give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company; however, you should give a statement to your own insurer in most circumstances.
If you have any questions about your rights and responsibilities following an automobile or truck accident, please contact our Jacksonville auto accident lawyers.