The Sutton Law Group Auto Accident Checklist

Getting in an auto accident is scary. Afterwards, your adrenaline is pumping, and you’re likely to feel panicked. However, there are certain steps that it’s absolutely vital to take, especially if you may have a personal injury case.

It can be hard to think straight after an accident, so this checklist can help you make sure everything gets done.

Things To Do On the Scene

  • Call the police (and an ambulance if necessary). Even if the accident is relatively minor, it is important to get a police report. Filing a police report after the fact isn’t as good as getting one immediately. Police on the scene can more accurately assess the situation and record the information that may be important later.
  • Take your own notes. Later, you will be glad that you gathered as much information as you possibly could. 
  • Take photographs of the damage, the cars, and the surrounding area. Be thorough. Capture multiple angles, from close up and from a distance. It’s a good idea to record video as well. Again, gathering information and documentation will help you support your case later.
  • Do not admit fault! Try to avoid talking about the details of what happened, except as required by the police officer.
  • Get the other driver’s information, including name, address, phone number, insurance company, and policy number. 
  • If there were any witnesses, ask for their names and contact information.

Things To Do After the Fact

  • Let your insurance company know about the accident as soon as possible. 
  • Keep detailed records of your medical treatment.
  • Obtain a copy of the police report.
  • If you missed work due to your injury, gather proof of income so you can demonstrate the exact amount of your losses.
  • Get an estimate for the cost of repairing any damage to your car. You may also need to show an estimate of the cash value your car would have had prior to the incident.
  • Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Who can help me with my legal needs after an auto accident?

At Sutton Law Group, we have extensive experience in representing people who have been in auto accidents. Our firm serves clients in and around Miami, Florida, advising them in complex and even life-changing legal actions. Give us a call at (305) 667-4481 to learn more about how we can help you.

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Sutton Law Group is a full-service, multidisciplinary law office serving clients in and around Miami, Florida. Established in 1985, we are trusted legal advisors and advocates in complex and even life-changing legal actions.

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