What You Should Know About Memorial Day Auto Accidents in Florida

Memorial Day Weekend is a time both for reflection and celebration. People will travel across the state to meet their friends and families for barbecues, swimming pool parties, and more. While the holiday is a great time for many, the unfortunate reality is that the more people out on the road, the higher the risk of an accident occurring. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, Memorial Day Weekend is the deadliest holiday weekend for motorists, averaging 312 yearly deaths between 2011-2015. If you find yourself injured in a Memorial Day auto accident, you must continue reading and speak with our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of car accidents?

Car accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons, though in most cases, they can be traced back to driver negligence. On Memorial Day, in particular, we tend to see a spike in people driving while under the influence of alcohol. This is unacceptable. If you were injured by someone who was driving while intoxicated, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for financial compensation. You should also note that both distracted and drowsy driving are also leading causes of car accidents, and are among the most common forms of driver negligence. 

What should I do after being injured in a car accident?

If you have been injured in a car accident, as long as you are physically capable, you should do the following:

  1. Call the police. Your health is paramount. They will send an ambulance, document the incident, and de-escalate the tension if need be. 
  2. Calmly ask the other driver for his or her insurance information, and keep conversation to a minimum. Never apologize in any way, shape, or form. 
  3. Ask anyone who saw the accident occur for their email, phone number, or any other means by which you may contact them so they can corroborate your future personal injury claim. 
  4. Take pictures of any damage to your car, the other motorist’s car, and any property involved in the accident. 
  5. Ask your doctor for all documentation pertaining to your injuries. 
  6. Retain the services of a knowledgeable Jacksonville personal injury attorney who can gather and present all additional evidence needed to prove you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. 

Finally, ensure you file your claim within the state’s statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is, generally, four years, you will, generally, have four years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the liable party. Do not wait any longer than four years, for if you do, you will most likely be barred from suing. If you have been injured, give us a call today and we can begin the claims process on your behalf. 

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.