Any type of car accident can be an overwhelming, scary, and disorienting experience, but these characteristics multiply significantly when the car accident happens on a freeway. This is because on a freeway, unlike a city street, uninterrupted, fast-moving traffic flows in one direction over multiple lanes. This means that car accidents tend to be more destructive due to the higher vehicle speeds and that it can be more difficult to get help, which means that the accident victims are alone for a while.
However, there are steps any driver involved in a motorway accident can take to ensure their safety. If the accident was not their fault, they should also take steps to ensure that they are compensated for all costs caused by the accident. One of these steps is to contact a lawyer so they can provide the legal assistance the victim needs. If you live in the Orlando area and have been involved in a highway accident, contact accident attorneys Fasig and Brooks for the help you need.
Step 1: check for injuries
The first thing to do is to check if you have suffered any injuries. Of course, you won’t be able to do a full medical assessment, the healthcare professionals will have to, but they can check to see if you have any broken bones, cuts, pain, swelling, or difficulty breathing. If you can move, be sure to check out all of the passengers in the car and the driver of the car that crashed into you.
Step 2: Call emergency services
Your next step should be to call 911 so they can send help. Even if you don’t think you might be injured, it is worth getting medical examinations as some injuries may not happen right away. The police can clean up the scene and ensure the safety of all those involved in the accident. They are also required to write an accident report which can be useful when making your injury claim.
Step 3: go to safety
You can do this while you are waiting for help, or if the situation is bad enough, you can do it before you call for help. Either way, you should get to a safe place as soon as possible. Since you’re on a freeway, cars are likely to zoom past you and you don’t want to be cut off by either of them after an accident. So if you can, try to get to the edge of the road or a causeway or somewhere where you can avoid the traffic. However, you should never attempt to cross a freeway on foot. So try to find a safe place nearby. If your car is in a lane but is still drivable, move it out of the way so it doesn’t cause another accident.
Step 4: gather evidence
While understandably thinking about your safety after a car accident, you should also think about your insurance claim. If the other driver was responsible for the accident, you should collect evidence to prove their liability. That means taking pictures of the accident scene and the damage to every car. If you had to move your car out of the way, make a note of this. Experts can use the photos to reconstruct the accident and determine who was to blame.
Step 5: share information
Once everyone’s safety and health is taken care of, it’s time to share contact and insurance information with the other driver. If the accident was your fault, you will file a claim with the insurance company so you will need their insurance information. When talking to the other driver make sure that you are not apologizing or implying that you were partially to blame for the accident. The insurance company will use this statement to try to reduce or decline your statement.
Be careful after a car accident
An accident on a highway can be even more dangerous than an accident on a city street. So be careful in the sequel. After you’ve followed all of the steps that you should take at the scene of the accident, the next thing you should contact a personal injury attorney to represent you. They can collect more evidence to prove the other driver’s liability and they can negotiate with their insurance company to provide you with a fair solution that will cover all of your damages.