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5 Steps To Take Before Calling Your Auto Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been in an accident, and you know that getting in touch with your auto accident lawyer is the smart way to ensure you get the compensation you deserve and your rights are protected, what are those immediate steps you take before giving your lawyer a call? We want to break down what you should do before calling your auto accident lawyer, if possible, and how these steps can help you to prepare yourself for a possible case. The 5 steps to take before calling your auto accident lawyer are:

1. Get witness information if you can

If you or a passenger are able to get witness information right away at the scene of the accident, do so. If injuries are too severe and this is a step that is unable to be taken at that time, that’s okay, but the sooner the better in terms of witness statements. Auto accidents are stressful and trying times, and you’ll want their stories while the event is still fresh in their minds and they’re able to recount as much as possible. The best recommended method is to get witness contact information and to call them as soon as you’re able. In cases of severe injury, police records will often keep a list of witness contacts you may be able to retrieve when you’re able.

2. Get pictures of the damages

If you’re able, make sure to get photographs of any damages to yourself, your vehicle, and your property. Often, especially in no-fault states like Florida, insurance companies will try to “lowball” accident victims on damages relating to their accident, but these photographs can be your tried and true evidence to prove the types of damages you’ve experienced. Take photos of your injuries, your car’s damage, and any property that may have been broken while inside your vehicle during the time of the accident.

3. Order the police report

You’ll need to order the police report of your accident, which may require a small fee and short processing time which varies by police department. Ordering the report is simple, and will merely require you to call in and then follow the department’s particular steps in getting the report ordered for you. Having your police report in hand will allow you to keep an official police account of your accident.

4. Get to a doctor

If your injuries are serious, this may be a choice that is not left up to you, but it’s still a very important one. Getting to a doctor immediately following an accident to have your injuries surveyed and diagnosed will aid you immensely in recouping losses due to injuries or medical expenses. Some injuries, like traumatic brain injuries, are particularly difficult to diagnose but can be crippling in their severity, and only a medical professional will be able to property diagnose you and aid you on your next courses of action.

5. Get your repair estimate

For your vehicle, if you’re able to get a repair estimate, or have a loved one get a repair estimate for you, make sure to do so before calling your lawyer. This repair estimate will determine the damages you can seek for the repair of your vehicle, and just how much damage your vehicle took due to the accident.

By being prepared when you call your lawyer after an auto accident, you’re giving yourself your best chance at the compensation you need and your rights being upheld throughout the accident settlement process.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

5 Steps To Take Before Calling Your Auto Accident Lawyer

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