What to Do After a Car Accident in Florida
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After an auto accident, you may feel confused and even a little flustered. No one expects to get behind the wheel and be the victim of an accident, but once it occurs, most drivers find themselves unprepared for what to do next. If you have been in an auto accident, the steps you take after are critical. Not only will they protect your safety, but potentially preserve evidence necessary if you have to file a car accident claim later on.
Always Stop – It is the Law
After an accident, Florida law requires you to stop. Whether the accident was with another vehicle, truck or someone’s property, you are required by law to stop. Driving away could result in a hit and run charge – even if you weren’t at fault for the accident.
Essential Steps After a Car Accident
Now that you know to stop, it is important to know what else you must do after an accident. These steps are critical – but there may be instances where you cannot do them all. Just do your best to complete what you can, which includes:
- Get off the road. If your vehicle cannot move and you are not too injured, get off the road. Further injuries can occur when vehicles hit your vehicle that is stuck in the middle of the road or even on the side of the road.
- Contact 911. If there are serious injuries, call the authorities right away for an ambulance. Check on other drivers and passengers to assess the injuries. If there are no serious injuries, call the police to report the accident. Sometimes they may request you collect information while other times they will have you wait for an officer to come and take an official report.
- Be careful what you say. Do not say anything and do not apologize. Even if you didn’t cause the accident, apologizing could be misconstrued as an admittance of guilt. You can check to make sure everyone is OK and even exchange information, but that is as far as your communications should go.
- Collect information. You will want to write down details about the accident, including what you saw and heard before, during and after. Get the contact information of the driver as well as any witnesses. If you have a camera or smartphone, take pictures of the damage to your vehicle, accident site, and those involved in the accident (including passengers).
- Contact your insurance company right away. Failing to report your accident could result in a delay or denied claim altogether. You should contact them within 24 hours – since most insurance companies have accident claims open 24/7 – to let them know you were involved in an accident.
Lastly, Hire an Accident Attorney
The accident attorneys at Tony Bennett Law can help you with your accident case. From negotiating with insurance claims adjusters to filing a personal injury claim, we are here to help you through this stressful time and you can focus on your health. Contact us now to schedule your free, no obligation case evaluation with attorney Tony Bennett. Remember No Fee Unless We Get Money for You!