Gainesville Car Accident Attorney
Auto Accident Procedures
- Stop immediately
Stay calm and do what you can within reason to avoid blocking traffic. Never leave the scene of a Gainesville, Florida auto accident in which you or your car were involved no matter how slight the collision. Pull over to the side of the road as soon as possible without endangering any other person and without obstructing traffic.
- Check to see if anyone is injured
Take care of any person that is injured, including rendering medical attention as soon as possible. Contact 911 or any other ambulance service in order to receive medical treatment. Do not assume that a lack of an injury means that a person is not hurt.
- Call the police
A Gainesville, Florida auto accident should be reported to the proper authorities. The report may not only be helpful later if you determine that you are injured or there is damage to your car, but it may be helpful later if the other person tries to avoid responsibility for the accident.
- Don’t Sign
If an insurance adjuster shows up at the scene, don’t give any statements and don’t sign anything.
- Gather Info
If possible get the names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses. Make a mental note of what witnesses say, like, “That black car was flying.”
- Visit your doctor
Even if you are not sure whether or not you are injured or anyone else in your vehicle is injured in the accident, it is best to be examined by a doctor at the earliest possible time or to go to the nearest emergency room. If you are examined by a doctor, make sure that you are specific in explaining to the physician how the accident happened and any and all injuries and problems you sustained as a result.
- Inform your insurance company
Make sure that you call your insurance company immediately to report the accident. Failing to report the accident immediately could in some instances result in the insurance company not covering you for the accident. You should contact the company immediately, and make sure that you ask the company to start paying your bills. This action should open up a file to not only pay the property damage but also all of your medical bills if you are injured.
- Call Steven A. Bagen & Associates
Before signing any statements, consult a law firm that specializes in helping those who have been injured in Gainesville, Florida auto accidents. At Steven A. Bagen & Associates, we have helped thousands of clients get the money they deserved for their injuries.
Contact a Gainesville Car Accident Lawyer today to discuss your case.