Immediately after a vehicle accident,you may think “What just happened?” Car wrecks occur so fast that even when there are no serious injuries,those involved may emerge from their vehicles feeling stunned or dazed. Before you are involved in an accident,here are some things you need to know about reporting a car wreck in Palm Beach,Florida.
Think Safety First
If the wreck is minor such as a fender bender,and the vehicles are in a position where they put others at risk or could result in the occupants being injured,move the vehicles to the side of the road. Next,call 911 to get a law enforcement officer to the scene. When the officer arrives,he or she will make sure that you and the other parties are safe,and take your statements. When you call 911,first responders may also come to the scene to make sure there are no serious physical injuries.
If the other party seems angry,don’t approach them until an officer arrives. If you have a camera,you can take pictures of the damages and jot down any information regarding location,conditions etc.,that you might need later. As you give your statement,simply answer the questions by stating what happened. Do not take responsibility or blame yourself.
Contact Your Insurance Company ASAP
As soon as you can,contact your insurance company about the accident. The representative will probably ask if you are hurt,who was involved and have you explain what happened. Be careful about what you say. If the representative asks to record the conversation,ask him or her to wait for a day or two,or at least until you can get settled at home. Immediately after an accident,most people are not thinking clearly.
You want to be able to give an accurate statement. If you think you might be at fault,speak with a qualified car crash lawyer for advice before you have in-depth conversations with an insurance company.