The minutes and weeks after a car wreck are often difficult. You have to ensure that you are doing everything you can to heal after the crash, not to mention the legal side of things that include seeking compensation.
Everything you say or do after the wreck can harm or help you. Be mindful of how you communicate. Here are useful tips for handling the impacts of the crash:
- Contact the police. The police report can provide important information about the crash. Plus, many accidents, including those with injuries or that result in significant property damage, must be reported by law.
- Seek medical care. Even if you don't think that you are injured, an evaluation is usually a good idea. Sometimes, medical conditions are hidden or might not show symptoms for a few days after the wreck. If you do start to feel anything that isn't normal, head to the doctor.
- Document the scene. If you can, take pictures of the crash scene. These can show things around the vehicles that may have had an impact on the wreck. It can also help you to explain what happened since you can point things out on the pictures. Get photographs of the vehicles, the scene and any injuries you have.
- Write out notes. Jot down what you remember about the crash as soon as possible since your memory is fresh. You can even record ways that your injuries are affecting your life.
- Be careful of what you say. No matter whom you are speaking to after the wreck, don't ever admit fault. Saying that you are sorry for anything related to the accident might be construed as an admission of fault. Be careful not to do this, despite how blurting "I'm sorry" is usually a courteous habit after an unfortunate incident.
- Act quickly. You have four years to file a claim for personal injury or property damage in Florida. This might seem like a long time, but it will go by quickly. Even though you do need to file your claim as soon as possible, don't rush with respect to any decision about the case.
Once you decide to seek compensation, rely on the guidance of a legal representative to walk you through each step to safeguard your rights and ensure the smoothest recovery possible.