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What to do After an Auto Accident

Why you should talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after an auto accident.

If you have been injured in an auto accident in Central Florida, you are likely overwhelmed by the entire situation. One minute you are on your way to work, the next minute you are being looked at by medical staff or working through a police accident report. Most people who are involved in an auto accident simply want to get on with their lives. A big part of working through an auto accident is settling with your (or the other driver’s) auto insurance to pay for medical bills, missed time from work and any damage to your vehicle.

What should be done after an auto accident involving an injury?

The first thing to do after any accident is call emergency medical services and ensure that everyone involved is OK or being attended to. Do not assume that anyone is not injured just because there are no visible injuries. Many injuries sustained from auto accidents involve whiplash or damage to the back or spinal cord. As soon as your are home and safe, it’s a good idea to contact a lawyer. Even if it seems like there is nothing pressing happening, the sooner that you speak with a lawyer, the better prepared you will be to work through the process.

Did you Know? There is No Up-Front Fee to hire an attorney to represent you.

If you decide to hire a lawyer to protect your rights through the process of working with the insurance company, you do not have to pay anything to get started. Instead, your lawyer is paid a percentage of the recovery they secure on your behalf. In most cases, people end up with a better settlement, even AFTER their lawyer is paid than had they handled the case on their own. Learn more at hour website.

Why would you need a lawyer after an auto accident?

An auto accident lawyer on your side is valuable for so many different reasons; many of them fall under the umbrella that your lawyer is familiar with this process and the parties that take place in it. An auto accident lawyer is like a guide who navigates you through the recovery process and ensures that your interests are protected.

If you contact a lawyer immediately, they may be able to help you recover valuable evidence from the scene including pictures of the accident scene and interviewing any witnesses. Physical evidence and people’s memories get harder to obtain and less reliable as time goes on. Having a lawyer on your side also can help protect your rights through the process of determining fault for the accident.

To read more about how an auto accident lawyer can help you, or to arrange a free initial consultation with Michael Cerasa in his Longwood, Florida office, see our website.