What Should I Do If I’ve Been Involved In An Auto Accident In Florida?
The moments after a car accident are often chaotic, and it can be difficult to know what you should be doing in the aftermath. People may be milling around, dazed and confused — you may be feeling dazed and confused. Because a car crash can happen at any time, it’s important to know what you should do in the event of an accident.
According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 281,240 traffic crashes in 2012. There was an average of 770 traffic accidents a day. It’s clear that traffic accidents are not an uncommon occurrence. The following guidelines can help if you ever find yourself involved in an auto accident:
- Stay at the scene: It’s important that you stay at the scene of an accident, even if it looks like it’s just a minor fender bender.
- Help anyone who’s been hurt: If anyone’s been hurt, help them get medical attention.
- Move your car if you can: If your car is in the way of oncoming traffic, avoid another accident by moving your car or turning on your hazard lights.
- Report the accident to the police: Even if it seems like only minor damage has occurred, it’s prudent to call 911 and report the accident to the police.
- Exchange information: Give your name, contact information and insurance information to the other drivers involved, and get the same information from them.
- Preserve evidence of the accident: You can also preserve evidence of the accident by taking pictures with a camera or a cell phone, and obtaining contact information from any witnesses.
After an accident, it’s also important to get medical attention for yourself as soon as possible if you’ve been injured, even if it seems like a minor injury. Sometimes, effects from injuries don’t surface until days after an accident.
If you’ve been involved in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent driver’s insurance company or from your own insurance company. Contact a Florida auto accident lawyer today to schedule an appointment to discuss your options.