When something unexpected happens, do you panic? In unexpected situations, do you feel stressed, confused, and uncomfortable? If so, being involved in a car accident can be a very challenging experience. Almost 300,000 car accidents occur in Florida every year, so knowing how to handle these situations is crucial.
Remaining Calm After an Accident
Getting into an argument with another driver or making assumptions about who is at fault after an accident is the last thing you need after an accident. Immediately following a traffic accident, there are certain things that you need to assess and do so that you are prepared to handle the situation as effectively as possible. If you do these things calmly and logically, you will help yourself and your potential injury claim by making smarter decisions.
Assessing the Situation
It is imperative that you turn off your car’s engine, put on your hazard lights, and make sure everyone involved in the accident is safe as soon as possible after a car accident occurs. Ensure you and all other drivers/passengers are uninjured before assessing the situation and understanding what happened. Record as much information as possible about the other driver/vehicle involved in the accident (e.g., their name, address, license plate number, insurance information, etc.).
Staying Calm Can Help Your Case
If you have been injured in a car accident, filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver may be necessary. One way to help strengthen your case is demonstrating you acted in a calm and collected manner following the accident and did not do anything to escalate the situation. By keeping your cool after the accident, you show an ability to make thoughtful decisions, rather than emotional ones. Acting aggressively toward the other driver after an accident can be detrimental to your case, as well as potentially dangerous. Jurors favorably respond to litigants who remain calm, thoughtful, and rational, and sometimes discount what is said by litigants who act angry, emotionally, and irrationally. And always keep in mind in today’s society when everyone has video on their telephone and many vehicles have dashboard cameras, the way you react after an accident could very well be viewed months later if your personal injury claim proceeds forward.
Contact Your Car Injury Attorney
If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident, contact GTS to learn how our experienced, Southwest Florida personal injury lawyers can help you recover appropriate compensation. Your consultation is FREE, and we receive no attorney’s fees or costs unless we obtain a recovery for you. Please dial 941.625.6666 for your FREE consultation.