Tampa Bay Auto & Vehicle Accident Lawyer
If you are injured in a vehicle accident, you can easily be overwhelmed by everything that you will have to deal with. Keep in mind a few basic steps as you move forward through the aftermath of the accident. Always take care of yourself first.
- Get medical attention
- Take pictures of your injuries
- Make sure pictures are taken of the vehicle damage
- Contact Mineo & Associates
- Let Mineo & Associates handle all communication with opposing insurance and attorneys
If you are physically able, you must obtain the negligent drivers information, license, insurance information, owner of car information. Call the police, take as many pictures as possible of the accident, location, landmarks of the accident site. Make sure you obtain telephone numbers and addresses of any witnesses.
You need to keep these points in mind. There are very good reasons for each one of them. The reasons for these steps lie in the fact that the consequences of accidents can lead to adversarial proceedings: matters become divided between “your side” and “their side”. Anyone from “their side” is not your friend, whether it is the other driver, his or her lawyers, or the insurance company representing the other driver.
As the victim of an accident involving a car or truck, the most important thing to do is to take care of your physical injuries. It is also important that you always follow the directions of your doctor from that point on. Do not try to “rush” your recovery. If the doctor tells you to refrain from certain types of activity, do not attempt them.
KEEP RECORDS OF YOUR INJURIES
If you have the opportunity, take photographs of your injuries resulted from your vehicle accident. Use the camera on your cell phone or tablet or any other means, if you can. Equally important for you is that you keep track of all documents for your treatment. The reports of emergency personnel and doctors will be an important component of your case. Be sure to have all continuing instructions from your doctor at hand. If there are any changes in your treatment, add those documents to your file and also be sure to inform Mineo & Associates of these facts.
DOCUMENT VEHICLE DAMAGE
If possible, take photographs of your auto or truck at the site of the accident. Take multiple shots, from several different angles, so the full nature of the damage can be seen. If it is not possible to do this at the scene of the accident, do it as soon as possible afterward, and before any work is done on the vehicle. Keep all the documents for the repairs together: estimates, invoices, service orders, any paperwork connected with the incident. These also are documents that you should copy and give to Mineo & Associates.