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What Should I do After I Was Involved in a Car Accident?

Sep 13, 2019 - Personal Injury

Drivers everywhere do not wake up wondering what they are going to do if they get into an accident, and understandably so. Nobody wants to worry about something like that. However, accidents do happen, and when they do, you should be prepared. Keeping a cool head and sticking to the plan can dramatically help the outcome of a car accident, especially if you are not the one at fault. If you would like to learn more about what to do after a car accident, please read on.

What are the most frequent causes of car accidents?

Car accidents can be caused by several factors, including faulty car parts, poor road conditions, negligent road design, or inclement weather conditions, such as heavy rain. However, rather unsurprisingly, the most common cause of car accidents is driver negligence. Some examples of negligent driving behavior are as follows:

  • Driving while fatigued
  • Texting while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Excessively speeding
  • Failing to yield
  • Unsafely merging or changing lanes
  • Eating while driving
  • Smoking while driving
  • Ignoring traffic signs, lights, and other rules of the road

What do I do after a car accident?

The first thing you should do is call the police. You should then ask the other party for their insurance information and their name. You may take a picture of this info. From there, you will notify your insurance company, which will get the claims process started. Keep in mind that even if the other party is visibly angry, you should not engage him or her. This will only make the situation worse. If you feel unsafe, you can always stay on the phone with the police until they arrive. If you are injured or plan on filing a personal injury claim, you must seek medical attention immediately after your accident. A physician will treat your injuries and provide you with medical documentation that you may use to prove your personal injury claim.

How do I recover compensation if I was injured in a car accident?

As touched upon above, to recover financial compensation, you must first prove you were injured due to another party’s negligence. An experienced attorney can help you do so by obtaining valuable evidence, such as security camera footage, witness statements, and more.

What is the statute of limitations in Florida?

The statute of limitations in Florida is four years, which means you have four years to file a personal injury claim. If you fail to do so, you may lose out on your right to sue. Do not wait. Hire an attorney who is ready to get the ball rolling.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.

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