As you are well aware, car accidents can result in serious injuries and death. Unfortunately, automobile accidents are very common in our state with over 700 accidents per day in the State of Florida in 2012 alone. If you or a loved one has been hurt and/or injured in a car accident, we understand how tragic and stressful the experience can be.
You might be interested to know, if you were involved in a car accident that happened because someone was acting negligently, you and your family might be entitled to sue for a number of reasons. It’s important to meet with an experienced car accident attorney to discuss your options and also avoid making the following five common car accident mistakes:
1. One of the biggest mistakes auto accident sufferers make is not recording important information. If possible, it’s important to record the following information:
- Cars’s license plate number
- Car driver name and license number (there might be multiple names and numbers)
- Car make(s) and model(s)
You should record everything you can remember about the accident as soon as possible. Because your memory tends to fade over time, you should do this step as soon as possible. Jot down events that happened before and after the event if possible. You can also ask family members and other people involved in the accident to do the same.
2. Another of the most important car accident mistakes people make is forgetting to take photos of the accident scene. Before the iPhone and Android era, we all used to keep a disposable camera in our glove department in case there was a car accident (if we remembered). According to statistics, over 50% of Americans own an iPhone so there’s really no excuse to make this mistake.
3. Forgetting to exchange information with other passengers and injured parties. If possible, you should exchange contact information with other passengers. Their story might be important if you decide to sue the responsible party.
4. Although this mistake isn’t as common, many people don’t seek the medical attention they should. Seeking prompt medical attention is the most important thing you should do after a car accident. Even if you don’t think you’re injured, you need to have a thorough medical examination. There are certain illnesses like Whiplash which don’t have symptoms that occur right away. The best things you can do is visit your personal family doctor.
5. Contacting your lawyer might be the last thing on your mind after an auto accident but it’s very important as you may be able to sue for damages. You should also do this as soon as possible.
The attorneys at Berkowitz & Myer have come across all sorts of car accident mistakes and are extremely well versed in Car Accident Personal Injury cases. If you’ve been involved in an accident, contact us for a free consultation today.