There are more than 200,000 car accidents in Florida every year. Most of
them are the result of careless driving. The experience of a car crashing
into you in a matter of seconds due to a distracted driver‘s negligence
can be traumatic, so it is important to have an action plan in place in
case it happens to you. But should part of that plan be to call an attorney?
Well, it depends on a number of factors.
Whether or not you decide to hire an attorney, don’t leave the scene
of the accident. According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles,
your license could be revoked if you do leave. Also, don’t block
traffic. If you’re blocking traffic and you can’t move your
car yourself, get help or call a tow truck. Be prepared ahead of time
with a cell phone, a pen and paper for taking notes, a camera to take
photos, and a card with information about medical allergies or conditions
that might require special attention in case of injuries. Also, know what
your insurance covers.
Any wreck that involves injuries or property damage over $500 must be reported.
Call the local police, sheriff, or the Florida Highway Patrol. An officer
will file a report if they investigate the accident. After the accident,
you may be able to exchange information with the other driver including:
name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number, driver
license number, and license plate number. You may also write down the
make, model, and color of each car in the collision, the exact location,
and how it happened. Also, use your camera to document the damage to all