What To Do Immediately After A Car Accident In Florida

What To Do Immediately After A Car Accident In FloridaIf you are involved in a car accident in Florida, it is important to know what to do right away.

Here are five tips:

1. Call the Police: File a Report
If you are involved in a car accident in Florida, you are legally obligated to file a report with the police if any person was killed or injured; the accident was a hit-and-run; the driver was drunk; or there was at least $500 worth of damage to the property.

Filing a police report is often a good way to create a record of the accident, and it can also help with insurance claims and any potential legal proceedings. If you are not able to file a report yourself, you may need to ask someone else to do it for you.

2. Assess Your Physical Health and That of Your Passengers
While on the phone with the 911 operator, you should look around to determine if you or any of your passengers are injured. If you are injured, you will need to seek medical attention right away. You need to tell the 911 operator the extent of injury (if any). If any of your passengers are injured, you will also need to make sure they receive medical attention.

Once you have ensured that everyone is safe and has received necessary medical attention, you can then focus on the damage to your car and the accident scene.

3. Move Your Car to a Safer Location if Possible
When you are in a car accident, it is important to take steps to protect yourself and other drivers. If you are able to move your car to a safer location, please do so. This will help avoid the risk of a secondary accident with oncoming traffic. If you are unable to move your car, please stay in the car and wait for help to arrive.

If you cannot move but one or more of your passengers are okay, you may instruct them to use reflective emergency triangles or flares to warn other drivers of your presence. You may also ask a willing passerby to help you with this.

If you have been injured due to an accident that was not your fault, you do not have to shoulder the burden alone. Whether it was the result of a trucking accident or an aggravated assault, the experienced Central Florida Personal Injury Attorneys at HAWM Law are ready to help you fight to get you the compensation to which you are legally entitled. It is important not to waste any time, as Florida has statutes of limitations on how long you have to bring a personal injury claim.

4. File for Damages and Injuries
If you have been involved in a car accident in Florida, you are entitled to damages and medical expenses. In Florida, car accidents are typically covered by no-fault insurance. This means that your insurance company is supposed to cover your medical expenses and lost wages, regardless of who was at fault in the accident. However, you may still be able to file a claim against the other driver for damages such as pain and suffering.

Additionally, if your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance is capped and does not fully cover your losses, you will need to file a claim to help you recover all of your losses.

5. Contact a Lawyer
Oftentimes, losses such as vehicle damage, driver and passenger injury, and lost wages exceed a driver’s policy limits. In cases like this, you need to contact an attorney who specializes in personal injury law to discuss your case and find out what steps to take next.

Additionally, insurance companies frequently reject reasonable settlement offers but are more likely to do so if their clients are not represented by an attorney. As such, it is better to have an attorney file your no-fault claim on your behalf.

If you need assistance with these, we are here to guide you through the maze and make sure you are paid what you are owed.

Contact us to get started.

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