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1. If you, anyone involved may be injured, call 9-1-1 right away.
2. If there is any damage to any vehicle involved or there is any doubt about who was at fault you should call the police. Usually, the police will come to the scene and fill out a crash report. During that process, the officer will obtain information from each driver including their insurance information. The officer will usually provide you with a copy of the “exchange of information” form at the scene. Later, the officer will complete the traffic crash report that you can obtain from the law enforcement agency. Traffic crash reports are also available online. If a law enforcement officer does not come to the scene, you should exchange insurance information with the other driver.
3. TAKE PICTURES AND SAVE THEM. The convenience of having a camera on your phone makes preserving evidence much easier. Take pictures of the damage to your car and to the other driver's car. If you are worried that the other driver may drive away, take a picture of their license plate and insurance card. If you need to move the vehicles off of the road before law enforcement arrives, take pictures of the vehicles before they are moved, if possible.
4. Do not make statements to the other driver. Anything you say will likely be admissible against you in any potential lawsuit. Similarly, make note of any statements made by the other driver.
5. If you believe you may have been injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after the collision.
6. Read your insurance policy so you know your duties under the policy. Often times, a failure to timely notify your insurance company of a accident may result in a denial of coverage by your insurance company.
DO YOU NEED A CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY, IF SO, CALL 813-284-4024, WE CAN HELP.
Our Tampa based car accident attorneys can help you with the following types of automobile collisions, among others:
- Pedestrian Collisions
- Bicycle Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Rear End Collisions
- Uninsured Motorist Claims
- Insurance bad faith
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Drunk driver collisions
- Golf cart collisions
- Head on collisions
- Side impact accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Reckless driving collisions
- Multiple party collisions
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM IN A CAR ACCIDENT?
When you or a loved on is in an automobile collision, time is of the essence. Florida Law requires all drivers to carry Personal Injury Protection or PIP insurance which covers the first $10,000 of your medical expenses--regardless of who was at fault in the collision. However, if you do not seek medical attention within the first 14 days you may waive your right to a portion of those benefits. Not only that, if you think you may have been injured it is crucial that you get medical attention, so that you can be examined to make sure that there are not injuries that need medical treatment; some of the worst injuries cannot be seen on an X-ray and are not easily diagnosed-- unlike a broken arm or leg.