Getting Your Car Fixed After An Accident
If you have been in a car accident, you know it can be a scary and surreal experience. Even if there is minimal property damage you can still be left shaken and unclear about what steps you should take next. Florida law is different than other states so it is important to seek out a qualified and experienced auto injury lawyer as soon as possible to make sure you’re protected after an accident.
What to do at the Accident Scene?
Immediately after the auto accident has occurred, while still at the scene, try to remember these important steps and tips. It’s always key to make sure to never leave the scene or let the other driver leave the scene until you have properly exchanged information or you have called the police and they tell you it is okay to leave.
Step 1: Call the Police
Even if no one appears hurt you should still call the local police. When they arrive they will make a report of the accident. This report is important because both drivers—and any witnesses—will be interviewed and the story accurately portrayed. This will later help your attorney with your case.
Step 2: Exchange Information
While waiting on the police to arrive make sure you exchange information with the other driver. This should include your name, driver’s license, plate number, and insurance information. Do NOT share details about your policy. Just provide the insurance carrier’s name and policy number.
Step 3: Take Photographs
Taking pictures of the scene and the damage to all the vehicles is important in case any misinformation/false facts come up later by the other insurance carrier.
These pictures may help your case and compensation claims.
Step 4: Get Medical Attention
You’re likely not a medical professional, that’s why whether you feel seriously injured or not, it is a good idea to go to the hospital to get checked out. A lot of times car accident injuries may not be as obvious as bleeding and broken bones, and you may end up feeling the pain a concussion or joint pain/stiffness, which can turn into more serious injuries and medical bills later on.
Having the doctor check you out and document your health is also important to your case and compensation claims. Florida law requires you to seek medical treatment within 14 days if you plan on using your auto insurance for coverage.
Step 5: Reach Out
As soon as possible, make sure to contact your insurance company to get your insurance claim started. And remember to contact a personal injury lawyer who will help you navigate your way through the accident, from collecting evidence to interacting with insurance companies to helping with medical and auto repair bills.
Call Mickey Keenan in South Tampa for a free injury case review – 813-871-1300. We only get paid when you win. Your fight is always our fight and you can trust we’ll be with you every step of the way.
After the Car Accident
After an auto accident, you will most likely you will need to seek repairs to your car for any damage. But who is responsible for getting your car fixed?
Florida is a “no–fault” state meaning that you are entitled to PIP (Personal Injury Protection) benefits under your policy. This is why it can be to your advantage to get an experienced attorney involved, like those at Mickey Keenan, PA, who can guide you through the process.
If your car needs to be repaired after an accident, make sure you check with your auto insurance company as they may or may not have a deciding roll in where you can get your car fixed. Florida Statute 626.9743(3) states that an insurance company can require policyholders to use a specific collision damage repair shop.
While you generally have a choice in your auto body shop, using a specified collision repair shop may speed up the process of repairs. Your insurance will hold the repair shop to their work and make sure they restore the vehicle to its same physical condition, performance, and appearance as right before the accident. You are also not held to any additional costs that are found along the way (other than your deductible) and this can speed up the time of the repairs.
See who we recommend for collision repairs. We also suggest checking your car insurance policy to make sure you have a rental car option; this helps you get to where you need to go (if physically able of course) while you wait for the repairs to be complete.
Advantages to a Car Accident Lawyer
“Do I really need a lawyer?”
You can benefit significantly from working with an auto accident injury lawyer. Dealing with Florida’s “no–fault” law and dealing with your auto insurance carrier can be complex when trying to be made whole again after an accident.
Make sure you do not discuss the accident with the other driver or their insurance company without speaking to an attorney first. You don’t want to go on record saying something potentially harmful to a future injury case.
Whether you just need your car repaired, or if you are seeking medical treatment for personal injuries, it is valuable to have someone on your side from the very beginning that will help you navigate repair shops, medical bills, insurance, and possibly court. Call on our South Tampa law firm for a free case review – 813-871-1300.
Choose Mickey Keenan, PA
Our attorneys understand that after a car accident is a difficult time. From choosing an auto body shop to making sure your health is handled, and of course in the courtroom Mickey Keenan, PA is here for you.
Our Tampa, FL injury firm offers free consultations and are there to work with you to get the compensation you deserve for your car crash injuries. You can call (813) 871-1300 or set up a consultation online.