What to do following an auto accident
Car accidents are never planned. We understand that when you’re involved in an auto accident, it can be an emotional experience. This is why we’ve created this checklist, accident notes guide, and diagram so that in these moments of anger and frustration, you can have a straightforward and clear plan to follow.
- Turn off your vehicle.
- Don’t drive off and don’t move anything unless you are parked in oncoming traffic. If this is the case, move your vehicle to the shoulder or a nearby space.
- Use an emergency First Aid kit, if you have one. If you don’t, now is a good time to purchase one to so that you have it at hand should you ever need it.
- Call 911. If you or any passenger(s) is injured, request an ambulance.
- Don’t say you’re okay to the police. Under Florida PIP law, you have 14 days to report injuries. You may not feel them right away at the scene of the accident.
- Don’t admit fault and don’t argue with the police or other driver.
- Write down the following of the other driver:
- Phone Number
- Driver’s License Number
- License Plate
- Insurance Information for the car
- If the driver isn’t the owner, write down the following:
- Phone Number
- Write down the following for the other car(s):
- List everything you know about what happened because you may forget the details later.
- Take pictures of your vehicle, the other vehicle, and injuries.
- Write down the date, time, and weather conditions for the accident.
- If there are any eye witnesses, take their names, addresses, and phone numbers.
- Call your insurance company and give them all of the information that you have. Don’t admit fault. If the other insurance company calls you, don’t provide an additional statement.
- Indicate your speed and their speed.
- Indicate which road/intersection the accident occurred.
- Indicate the nature of their driving.Take the name of officer(s) and emergency medical personnel.
At Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, our car accident attorneys understand that this is a difficult time for you. With these guidelines and checklists in your glove compartment, we are positive that you will have one less thing to stress about. Call our office at (352) 376-6046 if you have any questions.
Diagram where you and the opposing driver were during the accident.
Auto Accident Guideline
OPPOSING DRIVER INFORMATION
Driver’s License Number:
Car Insurance Information:
# of Passengers:
If the driver is not the owner of the car, also include the owner’s information.
Emergency Personnel Names:
Road Surface/Defects in the Road: