Steps to Take After a Car Accident | What to Know

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There are few things more startling than being involved in a car accident, especially when another driver seemingly came out of nowhere and slammed into your vehicle. That said, though these accidents are jarring, it’s always best to have a plan in place for what you can do after being involved in one. If you were recently injured in a car accident due to no fault of your own, you should read on and reach out to our experienced Jacksonville car accident lawyer to learn more about the steps you should take after being involved in one and how our firm can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What steps should I take after being hurt in a car accident?

There are several steps you should take after being harmed in a car accident. They are as follows:

  1. Call the police at once. They will send an ambulance to treat your injuries, and your health is the most important thing.
  2. Get the other driver’s insurance information.
  3. Take pictures of any damage to your vehicle and the other driver’s vehicle.
  4. Ask witnesses for their contact information so they can verify your claim later on.
  5. Keep copies of medical documentation regarding your injuries.
  6. Speak with a competent personal injury lawyer.

How long do I have to file a car accident injury claim?

Here in the state of Florida, you’ll typically have four years from the date of your accident to file a car accident injury claim, though this doesn’t mean you should wait this long to sue. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will become to prove you were hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence. Once you’re treated in a hospital and in stable condition, the first thing you should do is retain the services of a knowledgeable Jacksonville personal injury lawyer who can help you fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.

Do I need to hire a lawyer?

Though you technically can file a personal injury claim without an attorney, it’s never a good idea to do so. Hiring an attorney can make the difference between recovering compensation and not. Our firm has extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies and otherwise navigating the document-heavy personal injury claims process. Don’t go on without an attorney in your corner when Ansbacher Law is here to help.


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