People in the Pensacola area rely on their vehicles to get to the many different places they need to go. Driving a vehicle is often the fastest and the most convenient way to travel and therefore there are many cars, trucks, SUVs and other types of vehicles on the roads every day. While people are driving they are thinking about a variety of things, however, one of them may not be that they could be involved in a motor vehicle accident.
While it may not be the first thing on people’s minds while they are driving, every time people drive their vehicles, there is a possibility that they will be involved in an accident. This is true even for the safest drivers on the road. This is because people cannot control the other drivers on the road. While people hope it never happens to them, it is important to know what to do after one is involved in one.
Actions to take after a motor vehicle accident
Many of these actions depend on the severity of the accident and the condition people find themselves in after the accident, but below are actions that will help people in the aftermath of a car accident.
- Stay at the scene – the law requires drivers to stay at the scene of the accident and at least exchange information.
- Call the police – it can be important to document the accident.
- Document what occurred – the best way is to take pictures and ask other witnesses what they saw when the accident occurred.
- Exchange information with other parties – exchange basic contact information and insurance information.
- Avoid talking about what occurred – don’t apologize for what happened and do not talk to people involved except one’s own insurance company or attorney.
- Keep medical documentation – people may need various types of medical treatment and it is important to keep track of all medical treatment received as a result of the accident.
- Do not accept early settlement offers – often the extent of the injuries or damages one suffers as a result of the accident are not known immediately after the accident and accepting an early settlement may mean people will not be able to recover for the full amount of damages.
Many people in the Pensacola area are injured in motor vehicle accidents that were not their fault. The damages can be extensive, but people in this situation may be able to receive compensation for the damages. Experienced attorneys understand how devastating the accidents can be and may be able to help one through the process.