Unfortunately, driving is somewhat of a dangerous activity—and especially if you live in a city. You probably drive a fairly predictable route each day and week, however, revolving around work, school, and where you do your errands; in fact, you may tend to travel in a five- to ten-mile radius and often go no further, unless there is a long daily drive to the office or a trip planned.
The number of car crashes in Florida continues to escalate, as well as incidents regarding aggressive drivers. While there is continual discussion regarding why there are so many car and motorcycle fatalities and injuries, many theories lead to the growing population on both coasts, the continued numbers of visitors streaming into the popular state, good weather that tends to be plentiful all year, and often, seniors who may be driving more slowly.
If you are in a car accident, it is extremely helpful to know what to do ahead of time. While preparing for what to do in case you have an accident is probably not an activity you want to put at the top of your ‘to do’ list (and is something you don’t want to think about at all really ), preferring to assume such an unfortunate event will never occur is unrealistic. And if you are already well-educated on the topic should something happen, you will be much better equipped to deal with what could be a very frightening situation, accompanied by enormous adrenaline flow.
The first step after an accident should always be to assess the physical status of everyone in the car. Medical help should be called for immediately if there is even the slightest question regarding injuries, along with moving the car out of the way. Many motorists are under the impression that moving the car is a bad thing because it could interfere with evidence for the case, or that it may be illegal to move the car in some states. Florida law requires you to make every effort to move your car and not obstruct the flow of traffic.
Once you have done so, proceed to call the police to file a report, as well as getting contact information from the other driver, and any witnesses. If the accident occurred due to the negligence of another driver, most likely you will have a case against their insurance company if you have sustained injuries, or if passengers have been hurt. Do not try to handle such a situation on your own. It is in your best interest to contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of others, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!
All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.