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What Should I Do After a Car Accident in Pompano Beach, FL?

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A car accident happens suddenly. It only takes one negligent driver to crash into your vehicle. A driver may have been aggressively changing lanes on I-95, US 1, FL-811, or FL-814. You have been hit by a texting driver on West Atlantic Boulevard or a fatigued driver on Powerline Road. There’s been a crash. What happens next?

The steps below take your health and your rights to seek financial compensation into account. You can learn more by talking to an experienced Pompano Beach car accident attorney.

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Do I have to call the police?

Call 911 or ask someone else to call. Officers from the state police, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, or another law enforcement agency will respond. They can help secure the scene to protect everyone and prevent any further crashes. If anyone is seriously injured, they can call for an ambulance. Officers will investigate the accident and complete a Florida Traffic Crash Report. This document will contain information on the drivers and vehicles involved, factors that may have led to the crash, and the officer’s account of what happened. Be sure to get a copy of your accident report – it can be a very important piece of evidence when seeking financial compensation.

What details do I need from the other driver?

The information you need includes the driver’s:

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Insurance company
  • Insurance policy number

Even if the other driver was clearly negligent and clearly to blame for what happened, it’s important to stay calm. Try to avoid any heated discussions or arguments about how the accident happened. You just need some basic information. Questions about who was at fault and who should pay for damages can be handled by your lawyer. Be sure to get the names and contact information of any witnesses, too.

Should I take some pictures?

Your photos and any video you take can help document that crash and may be useful later on when you seek financial compensation. Take photos of the crash from all angles, both close up and farther back. Get photos of the damage to each vehicle and any visible injuries you suffered. Take some shots of the wider scene, including any traffic signals or signs. Take some shots of the road, too. For example, document any debris, skid marks, or construction. Another thing you can do as soon as you get a chance is to write down your account of the accident. Include everything you can remember about what happened.

Should I get medical treatment?

Visit the emergency room of a local hospital, such as HCA Florida Northwest Hospital, Broward Health North, Holy Cross Health, or CareSpot Urgent Care of Pompano Beach, or visit an urgent care center. You can also see your own doctor, but don’t wait too long. Some injuries have delayed symptoms and can cause serious health issues if left untreated.

It’s important to get your injuries diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. A doctor will also document your injuries and the treatment you received. This documentation will be important evidence in your claim for financial compensation. A lawyer will point to your medical records as proof that you suffered an injury in the crash.

Why do I need to notify the insurance company?

This is a requirement – taking this step helps protect your ability to recover financial compensation for the damages you suffered. Tell your insurance company what happened, but stick to the facts. You may be contacted by an adjuster from your insurance company – or the other driver’s insurance company. Keep in mind that they aren’t on your side. If an adjuster asks you to give a statement or answer some “simple” questions, politely and respectfully decline. Tell the adjuster you wish to get legal advice.

Contact an experienced Pompano Beach car accident lawyer.

You’ve been in a crash. You now have medical expenses for your injuries and may not be able to work. The other driver denies doing anything wrong. Things can seem confusing and frustrating. That’s why it’s in your best interests to get advice from an experienced lawyer. You can get answers to your questions and learn about your legal options.

But don’t wait too long. You have four years from the date of the crash to take legal action, but there are some things to think about. It can take several months for a lawyer to build a strong case. The longer you wait to get advice, the more likely it is that witnesses will forget details about your crash. Evidence can also be lost or even destroyed.

Take the first step toward getting the compensation you deserve today. Contact an experienced car accident lawyer to schedule your free consultation.

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