What should I do immediately after a car accident?
The first steps that you take after a car accident are important for your personal injury claim. First, you must assess yourself and other passengers in your vehicle for any injuries. Then immediately assess the other driver and passengers in their vehicle. Dial 911 and let the operator know the condition of all the people who were involved in the accident.
You will need to exchange information with the other driver involved. This information includes:
- Your name
- Phone number
- Email address
- Car insurance policy and information
- If the other driver requests it, then you are obligated to show them proof of a valid driver’s license
You should take pictures of the scene of the accident as well as videos. Be sure to get close-up photos as well as wide shots that best illustrate what happened. For example, what were the road conditions like? Was there any construction nearby? What specific damage was done to the vehicles involved in the accident? Don’t forget to take pictures of your injuries as well.
You should accept medical treatment if it is offered to you or immediately go to your nearest emergency room for evaluation.
After you leave the hospital, give Lopez Roca Attorneys a call to schedule your free consultation so we can get the ball rolling on your Miami personal injury claim.
I was in a car accident, suffered injuries, and missed work. What kind of compensation can I receive?
It’s understandable to be wondering how you are going to pay your medical bills as well as your other bills if you have missed any work due to your accident. You may be feeling angry and frustrated over the constant calls from bill collectors or the hospital billing department. There are two different types of damages that you can file for after your Miami auto accident: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include your medical bills and lost wages from the time you have already missed from work. Your economic damages can also include the anticipated amount of income that you will miss out on as you continue to heal and cannot work, as well as future medical bills. These damages are calculated by providing Lopez Roca Attorneys your medical bills as well as salary or wage information.
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, include pain and suffering. Depending on how severe the accident was, the total amount calculated in your economic damages can be multiplied by a factor between 1.5 or five. If you suffered minor injuries, such as whiplash, then your multiplier may be as low as 1.5. However, for serious injuries, the multiplier can be as high as 5. The more severe the injury, the higher the compensation for pain and suffering.