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What You Should Do When You’re in an Automobile Accident

As an attorney many people often ask me what they should do when they’re involved in an automobile accident. While there is no easy answer to this question there are some general rules that people should follow.

First, if your injuries require emergency medical treatment is always a good idea to go to the emergency room and be examined by a physician. I recommend that this be done regardless of whether or not you have health insurance or automobile insurance. Many serious injuries can occur when you’re involved in an automobile accident even if those injuries are not visible.

Second, with the advent of the camera phone I also recommend that you take as many photographs of the scene of the accident, as well as the damage to both your vehicle and any other vehicles involved in the accident. This will help you document the damages done to your car and the other car as the vehicles are usually repaired shortly after the accident. Additionally, The photographs will help you prove the severity of the impact in your case to an insurance company or a jury should your case go to trial.

Additionally, I always tell people to get a police report or at the very minimum a driver’s information exchange form. Without either a police report or driver’s information exchange form it will be very difficult to pursue your case. These forms when completed by the proper authorities will contain vital information regarding the person who caused your accident and your injuries. This information will be needed when the time comes for an attorney to file your case on your behalf.

Finally, I always recommend that you contact an attorney in Miami for a free consultation to discuss your rights and begin the process of properly handling your claim in order to get you the maximum amount of money for your injuries.

In my office, we always provide free consultations. Anyone that calls my office will speak to me, James D. Payer, directly.

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