There are more than 400,000 car accidents every year in Florida. As much as we may not want to consider the possibility, that means there’s a significant chance that you could be involved in one during your lifetime.
In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know in the event that you get into a car accident. This includes making sure everyone is safe in the immediate aftermath of the accident, as well as the importance of sharing information with other drivers. We’ll also explain how you can speak with a licensed attorney about your case.
Make Sure Everyone Is Safe
Before doing anything else, it’s important to ensure that everyone is safe once an accident has occurred. The first step is to make sure that you yourself are safe. If you can, drive your car off the road and turn it off.
You should then call 911 to alert them of the incident that has occurred. The operator will likely ask you questions about the incident, as well as your location. It’s important to answer these questions to the best of your ability.
From there, you should try to help others to the best of your abilities. This does not mean moving anyone who was injured in the accident; you should wait for emergency personnel to come and begin moving the injured.
Exchange Information With The Other Drivers
Once the emergency personnel have arrived and everyone’s safe, it’s time to begin compiling the information that insurance companies will need in order to pay out claims. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) has a Driver Exchange of Information form that’s designed to help you determine what information is required.
You’ll want to submit this information to your insurance company as soon as possible so they can promptly pay the claim. Policies vary on the amount of time you’re allowed to wait before a claim will be denied, but there is usually a deadline by which you must file.
You’ll also need to provide proof of insurance to both the other parties involved in the crash and law enforcement.
What If One or More Parties Weren’t Present During The Accident?
You may find yourself in a situation where one or more parties aren’t present during the accident. This is especially common if the accident occured in the parking lot.
In this case, you’ll want to attempt to find the owner of the vehicle. Failing that, you may leave your insurance information and a method of contacting you with the vehicle.
Have You Been in a Car Accident?
If so, a personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. At Samaroo Law, we believe in exceeding your expectations as we fight for you.
If you have any questions about what our law office can do for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling (407) 250-1200. If this isn’t an urgent matter, you can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.