Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Auto Accidents
In the minutes, hours and days following a car accident, it can be very difficult to know the right things to do. That’s why experienced Orlando car accident lawyer James Cunningham has compiled this list of car accident FAQs.
Should I call the police after the accident?
It is always a good idea to have the police investigate even a minor car accident. Police reports contain vital information such as who was injured, damage to vehicles and property, who was found to be at fault for causing the accident, whether a driver disobeyed traffic signals and signs, and other pertinent information. In addition, your car insurance company will always want a copy of the police report for their records.
Should I exchange information with other drivers and witnesses?
Absolutely! Write down the name, insurance company information, license number, contact information, license plate number and driver’s license number from any driver involved in the accident. Also, get the name and contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident.
If I don’t think I’m injured, should I see a doctor anyway?
Yes. Sometimes the symptoms of a serious injury don’t become apparent until hours, days and even weeks after the accident occurred. It is recommended that anyone involved in a car accident experiencing anything out of the ordinary be examined by a doctor. This step may prevent you from suffering additional injuries.
Why should I take pictures of the accident scene?
In order to protect your rights and recover financial compensation to help with medical bills, car replacement or repair, and other damages, it is very important to take pictures of the accident with a cell phone or digital camera. If you’re able, take multiple pictures of the accident, the vehicles involved, the road or intersection in each direction, and anything else that you feel is important.
Do I have to contact my insurance company?
As part of your policy agreement, you are required to notify your insurance company as soon as you are able after the accident has occurred.
Do I have to talk to the other driver’s insurance company?
No. You do not have to talk to the other driver(s) insurance company and you should not discuss the accident with anyone except the police, your insurance company and your car accident attorney.
Should I contact an attorney?
Definitely! If you or a family member has suffered an injury in a car accident, speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer may enable you to receive the financial compensation you deserve to help with any accident-related costs. Since 1977, Orlando car accident attorney Jim Cunningham has been helping people recover from car accidents and holding those responsible for causing the accident accountable for their actions. Call him today and schedule a free consultation about your case.