Things to Remember If You’ve Been in a Naples Car Accident
Being in a car accident is one of the most stressful things a person will experience in their lifetime. For more information about what you’ll need to do to move forward with a personal injury lawsuit, read on.
If you’re injured, you’ll need to call the police
Although minor, slow-speed fender benders may not require a call to the local PD, if someone was injured, you’ll want to contact local law enforcement. If you decide to take your case to court, having a police report is a strong piece of evidence that you’ll want your attorney to have.
Document as much as you can
Obtaining a police report is an important step, but you’ll also want to collect evidence. Ask someone to photograph the scene of the accident, road conditions, skid marks, relevant street signs, traffic lights and all aspects of vehicle damage. There’s a good chance you’ll need these types of photos in the future.
Exchange information with the driver and possible witnesses
If you do take your case to court, you may need witness testimony to back up your case. The police don’t always collect witness statements, so you’ll want to be sure you’re able to get that information if you need it. Remember to get a photograph of the other driver’s license and insurance information, in addition to their phone number and email address.
See medical attention
People who are in car accidents may not feel as if they need to see a doctor, but you’ll want to seek medical attention right away. If your injuries are serious, you’ll want to go to the emergency room or an urgent care facility. If you’re shaken up but feel OK, you should still make an appointment with your primary care physician. Documenting your injuries will be important if you need to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
Speak with a personal injury lawyer
Accident victims are often contacted by the other driver’s insurance company, as they’ll want to do everything they can to settle the case quickly. Insurance companies do not have your best interests at heart- their job is to minimize losses. The best thing you can do is to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as your able. The attorney can help you understand the merits of your case and whether you’ll be able to pursue damages for medical care, car repair costs and compensation for pain and suffering. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, call The Law Offices of Marc L. Shapiro, P.A. today to schedule a free, no-obligation consult.