There are more than 350,000 car accidents per year in Florida. That’s roughly 43 car crashes every hour.
It’s often the case that a collision results in serious injuries. These should not be left alone. People injured in a crash deserve compensation. Still, you’re probably in shock and have a lot on your plate after the incident, but there are some people you should talk to and some you must avoid.
People You Should Talk To
The following are the four people you should speak to after an automobile accident.
The first phone call you make after your wreck should be to the local authorities. A police officer will file a report that will be used to help in your claim.
They will take an unbiased account of the accident and place fault on the negligent party, which can work in your favor for a lawsuit. Always call local law enforcement, as this report is a vital part of your insurance claim.
Without the report, it’s your word against the other driver’s.
The next person you should talk to is a medical doctor. You should always see your physician or visit the emergency room within three days of a wreck.
Even if you don’t see any bleeding or immediate injuries, the true impact of the crash can be felt hours or even days after the wreck. A doctor can take x-rays, do CT scans, and give you a thorough evaluation.
The report from this visit is another vital piece of the evidence you need for a claim.
Your Insurance Company
Your insurance company wants to hear from you after an accident, but it’s a good idea to speak with your attorney before calling your insurance company. Remember, you should never admit guilt or give the insurance company any more information than what they ask for. Anything you say to them can be used in court for or against you.
Refer to the police report, if you agree, and let them handle the rest. While it's acceptable to talk to your insurance company, you should not talk to the other driver’s insurer. Their goal is to pin the accident on you, and they want to pay little to nothing on a claim. Every word you say to them will be scrutinized.
Once you understand the true impact of your injuries, you need to speak with an attorney. At Henderson & Futchko, we will go over every detail of your case. Remember, we don’t collect any money unless we win, so we will work hard on your claim to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Not every accident warrants a lawsuit, so we want to make sure that you have a legitimate reason to request compensation. There are accidents every day in and around the Melbourne area, but we know what it takes to help you seek restitution effectively.
People You Shouldn't Talk To
Now you know who you should talk to, but not everyone needs to know your business. Be sure to keep your accident details off social media.
No matter how strongly you feel the urge to share photos and your side of the story, you could put implicating evidence on the web without realizing it. If the case escalates to a trial, the other driver’s insurance can petition to recieve your social media login. They will investigate every part of your account, including your public posts, messages, and comments.
While it’s natural to want to tell your friends and coworkers what happened, it’s best to leave them out of it. Insurance companies like to play games, and they may even call those closest to you trying to find any loopholes in your story. Until your case is settled, you need to keep the details of the incident private.
Getting The Legal Help You Need
If you suffered serious injuries in an auto accident, get in contact with our experienced attorneys at Henderson & Futchko. We can advise you on who it’s safe to speak with and who you should avoid.
When it comes to collecting the compensation you deserve, don’t gamble on your rights. Contact our team today to schedule your free consultation.
Call our team at Henderson & Futchko, Attorneys at Law today at (321) 320-7162 for a free initial consultation.