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What to do in case of an accident.

Check yourself and passengers for injuries and, if need be call 911

Immediately following an accident, you’re likely to have anxiety and stress. Stay calm and take an inventory of everyone in your vehicle. If anyone is seriously injured and needs emergency medical attention, call 911 right away and let them know that you’ve had an accident, your location and tell them medical care is needed.

Move Your Vehicle to a Safe Place

If your vehicle can still be driven, and it’s in traffic, move it to a safe place, usually, the side of the road. If it is safe to do so, take pictures of the accident scene before moving your vehicle. If it isn’t safe for you or others to take the pictures, move your vehicle first.

Report The Accident to the Police

If you called 911, police will arrive and begin making a police report. Otherwise, make a non-emergency call to the local police to report the accident. When the police arrive, they will take statements from everyone on the scene, possibly take pictures, and note important details for the record. This official police report can be provided to the insurance company and may be helpful at trial. If the police do not come to the scene, under Florida law, you have to report the accident if any of the persons driving involves a drunk driver or a commercial vehicle. You must also report accidents where there is $500 in property damage to either or both vehicles, any injuries, “complaints of pain or discomfort,” or death or, any vehicle has to be towed from the scene. Contact the city police, the local sheriff, or the Florida Highway Patrol to identify the appropriate law enforcement agency who has jurisdiction for your accident, and to file a report.

Exchange Important Information With the Other Driver

Once it’s safe and you’ve reported your accident to authorities, exchange contact and insurance information with the other party (or parties) involved. Stay calm and professional during the exchange. Don’t say anything that might be misinterpreted as an admission of fault, like “I didn’t see it coming.”

Take Detailed Notes and Photos

ASAP make detailed notes, take pictures of the scene, the vehicles, your injuries, etc. Do your best to make mental notes of everything you notice immediately following the accident. All of this information can be helpful in proving your case if there is a dispute.

Contact a Lawyer who specializes in car accidents

After you’ve received necessary medical attention and addressed any other immediate concerns, you’re technically ready to file an insurance claim. Before you involve the insurance company, however, it’s important to talk to an experienced car crash attorney. A lawyer can help you understand your rights as a crash victim, how you can protect those rights, and what you can expect from the claims process.

Contact the Insurance Company

Once you’ve spoken with an attorney, it’s time to get in touch with insurance. At this point, your lawyer can take over all of the communication with the insurance company, or you can handle the initial claim process yourself. When you call, let the insurance company know that you have a lawyer so they can contact them as needed.

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