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Things To Avoid Doing After An Accident

The internet is filled with ‘how to’ guides that tell you everything from what you should do to find a great phone company to how to install a new toilet. And when it comes to accidents on the road, there are numerous guides that tell you just what you should do during the moments, days, and even the weeks following an automobile accident. But sometimes, knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do. With that in mind, it’s well worth remembering a few things you should avoid if you find yourself involved in an accident.

If you’re in an automobile accident, be sure that you don’t do the following things.

  • First of all, don’t stand outside on the roadway as you wait for help to arrive. Instead, you should move to the sidewalk or shoulder of the road – or in your vehicle, if it is still in a safe spot. Endangering yourself any further isn’t a good idea.
  • Until you’re told to by the police, don’t move your vehicle. Even once you are instructed to move it, be sure to photograph its location thoroughly before you do move it. These photos can be vital for proving that you aren’t at fault later on.
  • Don’t spend any time arguing over the accident with the other driver, any witnesses, or anyone else for that matter. Instead, wait until the police arrive and give your statements. It’s easy to let emotions get the upper hand, but staying as calm as possible and avoiding further confrontation is very important not only for your safety but for your chances of proving that you aren’t at fault.
  • Don’t provide any statements to anyone other than police and medical personnel, either. Everyone from insurance agents to the attorneys of the other driver could ask for statements, but until you speak to your own auto accident lawyer you shouldn’t make any kind of statement.
  • Also, don’t refuse medical care. If you’re feeling any pain, discomfort, or anything else at all, be sure to get help quickly. Florida has very strict laws that limit the timeframe you’re allowed to get medical assistance under PIP coverage following an accident, so when the opportunity arises be sure that you get the help you need.
  • Finally, don’t ignore the importance of talking to an auto accident lawyer following your accident. You should focus on getting healthy first, but once you’re safe you need to seek out the help of a competent lawyer. They’ll be able to help you determine whether or not the other party is at fault and whether or not you have the legal grounds to pursue compensation for your injuries.

There are many different things to consider following an accident, and it’s easy to get distracted by pain, fear, anger, and much more. But you should try to keep a clear head as much as possible and remember all of the points above. It could help prevent further injury and protect you from financial stress since making sure you are able to prove that you aren’t liable for an accident is important in proving fault.

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Michael J. Babboni's wide-ranging legal career is based on the strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and have access to effective legal help. Michael began putting his beliefs in action by helping the people of St. Petersburg Florida get what they are owed in civil trials fighting to protect families by making corporations pay, and honor their obligations.

Things To Avoid Doing After An Accident

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