When we make our daily commute to and from work, generally not much happens. We arrive at the office, or back home with no problems. However, one thing most people in Tampa do not anticipate in their day-to-day life is being involved in a car accident. However, as we see on the morning and evening news, car accidents during rush hour are a common occurrence. It is important to know what to do if you are involved in a car crash.
Get to a safe space immediately following the crash if possible
If possible, when you are in a car crash, try to pull over to the side of the road or another safe, well-lit place where you can avoid further dangers and assess the damages caused by the other driver. You want to make sure that you and the other driver remain at the scene of the crash. If you or a passenger is seriously injured, however, it is more important to let a first responder remove them from the vehicle, to avoid further injury.
Call the police and for an ambulance if necessary
If you or a passenger have been injured in the crash, call for an ambulance so the injured parties can get the medical care they need as soon as possible. In addition, you will want to call the police so they can make an official report on the collision. If police cannot come to the scene of the crash, you can go to the station following the crash and file a report.
Calmly exchange information with the other driver
You will need to exchange names, addresses, license plate numbers and insurance information with the other driver if you are involved in a car accident. Stay calm and do not say anything that may indicate you are at-fault for the crash. Even a mere “sorry” can imply liability. However, do not be hostile or angry. Keep discussions to small talk and the necessary exchange of information, and let your attorney determine who is at fault.
Seek the advice of an attorney
If the car accident is major enough to cause injuries, even if these injuries do not manifest themselves until several days following the collision, it is important to seek legal advice, which this post does not provide. Personal injury attorneys in Tampa have the experience necessary to help you understand your rights and options, so you can make informed decisions following the crash.