Steps to Take After a Car Accident
In 2016, 395,839 car accidents occurred in the state of Florida, according to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles department. These accidents included 165,952 accidents that caused a total of 254,171 injuries. There were also a total of 3,178 traffic fatalities statewide in 2016.
As this data shows, car accidents are far too common. If you become one of the thousands involved in a collision, it is important to know what to do after a car accident. Contacting a Miami accident lawyer right away can be your best course of action to make sure your rights are protected, and you can also follow a few key steps in the accident’s aftermath to best protect your rights.
What to Do After a Car Accident
After a car accident happens in Florida, some of the key steps to take include the following:
- Stop your car at the crash scene to exchange contact information. All drivers involved in collisions causing property damage or injury are required by law to stop at the crash scene and provide contact details. If any driver leaves the scene, that motorist could be found and charged with a hit-and-run.
- Contact the police. You should have a law enforcement officer come to the scene of the accident to conduct an assessment about the crash cause and to write an accident report. This report could prove invaluable later if you must prove how the accident happened in order to obtain compensation. The police may also issue citations if there is evidence to indicate one of the drivers involved in the crash broke the rules of the road.
- Take pictures of the damage: You want photographic evidence to show the extent of the damage to vehicles so you can prove how severe the crash was when you make a claim for damages. Photographs of the collision scene could also help to shed light on exactly how the accident happened.
- Contact your insurer: Your insurer should always be notified about the collision. Florida is a choice no-fault state, so if you opted for no fault insurance when you purchased your car insurance, your insurer may pay some of your costs associated with crash losses and there may be restrictions on suing other drivers for damages depending upon how severely you were hurt.
- Get prompt medical help: It is always important to get a thorough medical examination after an accident so you will have documented proof of the extent of your injuries and documented proof that the injuries happened because of the auto accident. You should get help even if you do not think you sustained serious injuries because you may have internal damage that does not cause symptoms immediately.
A Miami accident lawyer can help you to file a car accident claim and can help you to take the steps necessary to maximize your chances of being fully compensated for losses and damages. To find out more about how an attorney can assist you after your collision, give us a call today.