You never leave your house expecting to get into a Daytona Beach auto accident. In addition, you probably are unaware of what you should do if the unthinkable should happen. Unfortunately, not knowing what to do can lead to a costly mistake, resulting in losing thousands of dollars.
In this article, our team looks at four things you should know and do if you find yourself involved in a car crash.
Get Medical Care Immediately
No matter the details surrounding your accident, your health should be your number-one concern. The list of potential auto accident injuries is endless. Common types of car accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Internal organ injuries
- Cuts and bruises
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
You should seek medical care as soon as possible following a collision, even if your injuries appear minor. Failure to do so can significantly jeopardize your accident injury case and reduce your compensation amount.
Gather Your Own Accident Evidence
You can’t always count on others to gather the necessary evidence for you. Keep in mind, the more evidence you gather the better your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve. Get the names and numbers of witnesses, and take as many pictures as possible with your cell phone. In addition, ask for or get the other driver’s:
- Name, number, email and address
- Driver’s license information
- Insurance information
- License plate number
Do Not Apologize or Admit Fault
This could be a costly mistake. No matter how the accident occurred, never apologize to anyone concerning the collision or admit fault. You can count on the fact that the other insurance company will use an admission against you to discredit your claim. Don’t talk to anyone regarding the details of the accident until you have spoken to your own accident attorney.
Hire Your Own Auto Accident Attorney
Building a successful accident case and/or settling with an insurance company is no easy task. The insurance company’s primary goal is to pay you as little as possible for your damages, if anything at all. Victims who attempt to represent their own case fall prey to insurance companies every day. Don’t be a statistic.
We Have the Necessary Experience and Knowledge
Our goal at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. is to insure your rights are not taken advantage of. We understand how insurance companies operate and will work hard to ensure your compensation rights are protected. Our goal is for you to be fairly compensated for your injuries.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, call one of our experienced Daytona Beach auto accident attorneys today at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890. We will help you every step of the way.