While none of us want to think about it, there are a lot of drivers here in the Sunshine State. Unfortunately, a significant amount of drivers are involved in car accidents every single day. In fact, more than 395,000 drivers are involved in car accidents annually in Florida.
Protect Yourself: Avoid These Common Mistakes
As common as accidents may be, the overwhelming majority of drivers involved in collisions are unsure of what to do in the moments right after a car accident. These moments are often stressful and confusing for all parties involved. Further, those involved typically are not aware of the next steps they should take to protect themselves after a car accident, especially if injured. If the unthinkable happens, avoid these mistakes:
- Not involving the authorities. It may be tempting to accept money or some proposal offered by the other driver. This temptation is heightened if there are no obvious injuries. However, one of the first things you should do is call 911 and get authorities involved. In addition to obtaining medical attention at the scene, you should file a police report even if you think the accident is not serious.
- Refusing to obtain medical assistance. Many people feel ‘fine’ after an accident but that does not mean that they actually are. Injuries are often latent and may not be immediately observable, especially if the injuries are internal. Therefore, you must obtain medical help as soon as possible.
- Failing to take pictures. There is a good chance that you will need proof later on to successfully argue your case. One of the best ways to do this is to take pictures at the scene of the accident of everything from the cars involved to markings on the road.
- Disregarding time limitations. Under Florida law, you only have four years from the date of the accident to file a negligence-based lawsuit in Florida’s civil courts. Failing to take immediate steps can result in a court refusing to hear your claim at all.
- Not obtaining competent legal assistance. You may not need the help of an attorney if no one was hurt in the accident or there was no damage to any of your property. However, in most circumstances, it is in your best interest to obtain legal help in these scenarios instead of attempting to handle a claim on your own.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured Because of Someone Else’s Negligence?
After getting the medical attention you need, you must review the circumstances of the crash with an accident attorney. Ocala Personal Injury Lawyers Alavi & Pozzuto are committed to fighting for your rights and helping you deal with insurance companies and medical debt. You can depend on our experience and advice when things are critical. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin investigating your case and working to get the compensation you deserve.