WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?
Posted By Robert Sparks || May 1, 2013
Being involved in a car accident can be a terrifying event. The accident itself happens in a blink of an eye, but the aftermath can have a lasting effect. After being involved in an accident, and after cooperating with law enforcement and seeking the necessary immediate medical treatment, many victims ask themselves what to do next.
In most instances, the insurance companies will get to work immediately. The insurance companies will begin investigating the accident by contacting the parties involved, identifying witnesses, moving to obtain any records of the accident, and may even investigate the scene where the accident took place. If you are involved in an accident you can be assured that you will also begin receiving phone calls from insurance companies (yours and the at-fault drivers’) seeking a recorded statement. The investigation by the insurance company is intentionally fast in hopes that they will be able to obtain evidence that supports the denial of a claim.
Not only will the victim of the accident have to address issues with their vehicle’s property damage, but he or she can also be faced with ongoing pain from the injuries sustained. Often times the injuries do not present themselves immediately and the future injury can be overlooked. The insurance company is hoping that these injuries will be overlooked in an effort to minimize their coverage exposure.
Thus, Florida accident victims face a litany of hurdles they must overcome, including but not limited to; addressing Florida’s PIP laws, ensuring they are receiving the proper medical care, ensuring that said care is covered by insurance, addressing their property damage, responding to the insurance carriers continued contact, and ensuring their rights are not waived by entering into any agreements with insurance companies.
In order to protect one’s rights it is advised that a victim seek the representation of a Florida personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney will act as an advocate for the victim and will assist with almost all issues that arise from the accident. The personal injury attorney can give the client peace of mind to know that their best interests are protected during the claims process and allow the client to move forward with their daily lives.
If you have been the victim of a car or motorcycle accident we invite you to contact Givens Givens Sparks for a free case evaluation. Our firm has division devoted to vehicle accidents and we can assist in all areas of the claim.