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Steps to Take Following a Car Accident in Florida

by | May 24, 2024 | Firm News

Here are some essential steps to take after a car accident to protect yourself and your interests:

  1. Stay at the Scene:
    • Despite heightened anxiety, remain at the accident site. Leaving the scene of the accident too soon may lead to legal repercussions, especially if there are injuries involved.
  2. Report the Accident:
    • In Florida, you must report accidents resulting in property damage or injuries exceeding $500 must be reported. Contact the local authorities or dial 9-1-1 if there are serious injuries.
  3. Collect Information:
    • Gather details from all parties involved, including names, addresses, phone numbers, vehicle information, and insurance details. Documenting passenger and witness information is also crucial for potential legal proceedings. You should also take photographs of any damage to property, the location of the accident, and injuries.
  4. Notify Your Insurance Company:
    • Promptly inform your insurance provider about the accident, regardless of fault. Your insurer will investigate and determine coverage, so don’t hesitate to ask questions about your policy.
  5. Seek Medical Attention:
    • Under Florida’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) law, seek medical treatment within 14 days of the accident, even for seemingly minor injuries. Please do so to ensure your eligibility for PIP benefits.
  6. Avoid Social Media:
    • Refrain from sharing accident details or post-accident activities on social media. Investigators may scrutinize your accounts, potentially undermining your claim.
  7. Monitor for Delayed Injuries:
    • Track any symptoms that may arise days or weeks after the accident. Maintain a journal documenting your condition for future reference.
  8. Consult with an Attorney:
    • Consider seeking legal representation to navigate insurance processes effectively. An experienced attorney can advocate for your rights and handle the complexities of your case, allowing you to focus on recovery.

These steps will ensure you receive the support and compensation you deserve after a car accident. Remember to prioritize your well-being and seek professional assistance when needed.

The information provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Please contact a licensed attorney to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case.