Ask A Lawyer: Car Crashes
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 the vehicles.