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Steps to take if you are involved in a car accident

If you have been in an automobile accident make sure you take the proper steps to protect yourself.  No one plans on being in a car accident. That’s why it’s called an “accident.” However if you find yourself in this position then it’s important you know what to do. Rue and Ziffra has been serving the injured for over 30 years and will continue to help as many people as possible. Make sure you have proper insurance coverage and don’t fall victim to the “full coverage myth.”

Here are a few steps you need to take if you are in an accident:

 

STEP 1: CALL 911

Report the accident as soon as possible and make sure you stay at the scene until help arrives. Never leave the scene of an accident! If you leave and someone was hurt or killed, you could face criminal charges for being a hit-and-run driver.

 

STEP 2: TAKE PICTURES

Photos of all injuries and damages are vital. Collect as much information as possible at the scene of the crash. It is very important to take photos because it may be used as evidence in your case. 


STEP 3: TALK TO WITNESSES

Make sure you obtain all witnesses’ contact information at the scene. 


STEP 4: SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT

Seek a doctor immediately. Although you may feel fine or think your injuries are not very serious, the following symptoms can appear days after the accident: Pain, Discomfort, Dizziness and Numbness. You MUST seek medical attention within 14 days by Florida law. 


STEP 5: REPORT THE ACCIDENT TO YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY

DO NO GIVE A STATEMENT! Wait to speak with your attorney. You have that right. Contact your attorney at Rue & Ziffra. We will deal with your insurance company and your claim so you can focus on recovery. 

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