Every year, there are upwards of 10 million auto accidents on U.S. roads and highways. Fortunately, the majority of these collisions are little more than fender benders, and most motorists walk away without injury. That said, even a minor accident can be a frightening and stressful experience.
The first thing you should do if you are involved in a car wreck is to call the police. This might seem like an overreaction if the collision was minor, but the officers that arrive on the scene will create an official accident report, which could prove valuable if you need to take legal action later.
Next, exchange information with the other drivers involved. This information should include your names, phone numbers, addresses and insurance details. There is no need to discuss the facts of the case or offer opinions about who is at fault. These statements could be used against you in the future, so try to just stick with your basic information. Never admit to any degree of fault, even if you think you were partially to blame for the crash.
If you have a camera or cell phone with you, snap a few photos of all of the vehicles involved in the accident. If there is any damage, be sure to take photos of it. Additionally, write down any facts relating to your recollection of the accident.
Once you’ve completed these steps, get in touch with a skilled lawyer to learn more about your legal rights and options. For more information, speak with the experienced Florida car accident attorneys at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.