7 Important Steps to Take After a Florida Car Accident
Sometimes car accidents happen no matter how hard we try to be diligent and adhere to traffic rules while on the road. Our cars can fail, leading to accidents. You might get into a car wreck or get involved in an accident with another motorist(s), leaving you wondering what to do next.
Normally, the suggested steps when you get in an accident are to ensure that everyone is alright, getting out of the car and to a safe area, then asking the other driver for his or her insurance details. The insurance company of the driver who is at fault will in most cases pay for the damages.
In this article, we cover the crucial steps you are advised to take after a car accident in more detail.
Steps to Take After a Florida Car Accident
Check for Any Injuries
The first thing to do in the event of an accident is to check for injuries.
Call for Help
Call 911 to report the accident and request police and, if necessary, emergency medical assistance. The police will create an “accident report” or “incident report” which will provide useful information regarding all parties involved in the crash, insurance information, and citations issued.
Move to a Safe Area
If possible, all vehicles and occupants should move to a safe area, out of travel lanes, to await the arrival of emergency service personnel.
Gather as Many Details as You Can
It is advisable to get as many details as you can at the accident scene. Take photos and document each vehicle’s make and model, the time and location of the accident, and if necessary, the responding officer’s details (name and badge number).
Also, take pictures of the damage done to both vehicles, any traffic signs, the other driver’s DL, and where each driver was traveling when the accident happened. You can also ask these common and direct questions to get as much information as possible.
If the accident involved another motorist, especially if that person is at fault, exchange contact information and get their car details, driver’s license number, and insurance information for insurance claim purposes. It is also advisable to get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident, especially since they will often leave the scene before speaking with the police.
Let the Authorities Handle the Issue and Don’t Accept Money
We recommend that you do not handle the accident individually or privately no matter how minor you think it is to avoid further complications in the future.
Money is tempting. The at-fault driver may try offering you cash to avoid involving the authorities or their insurance. However, you might end up accepting less money than what is required to cover the injuries and damages caused.
Contact Your Lawyer
The next crucial step after a car accident is to call an experienced personal injury attorney. An experienced lawyer will help you throughout the entire claim process to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages. Your attorney will guide you through reporting the incident to your insurance company as well as deal directly with the insurance company of the at-fault party.
We Are Glad to Help
Sometimes a car accident can leave you confused, especially if it is your first time and you are unsure of the proper steps. Don’t fret; Casas Law has decades of experience in personal injury cases, having served South Florida since the early 1990s. We have some of the best car accident attorneys in West Palm Beach who are ready to serve you. Please visit our website or call us at (561) 655-8444 today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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