Thousands of people are injured in traffic incidents in Florida every year. From January 01 to September 03, 2017, data at Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System show a total of 253,782 vehicular crashes, killing 1,883 individuals and injuring 105,190.
Auto and other vehicular collisions can result in serious injuries and property damage. Your immediate reaction following a traffic incident can affect your chances of preventing further injuries, reducing your financial costs, and can expedite recovery and repair. If you are involved in a traffic crash, try to keep calm and follow these steps:
- After a minor accident, move your vehicle to a safe place away from oncoming traffic. Switch off your car’s ignition and carefully get out of your vehicle. If it is not possible to move your vehicle, activate the vehicle’s hazard lights and set flares with the help of investigating officers on the scene
- Check whether anyone in your car or the other car or any pedestrian is injured. Do not attempt to move injured victims. Administer first aid if necessary
- Dial 911 for emergency medical services. Report any injuries, and a 911 responder will notify EMS immediately
- For catastrophic accidents resulting in death, severe physical injuries and heavy property damage, Nevada law (NRS 484E.070) requires parties in an accident to forward a written report to the police within ten (10) days of the incident. Submitting a police report also hastens the claims process at insurance companies. Accident report forms are available at the police station and the Department of Motor Vehicles website
- Obtain important information regarding the other vehicle and driver. Write down the name, address, contact numbers of the other driver and passengers, driver license number, license plate number, make, model and color of the other vehicle, the other vehicle owner’s name, and the name of the insurance company and policy number of the other party
- Using your mobile phone’s camera, take pictures of the accident site and the vehicles from various perspectives to show the context of the crash. Determine whether there were witnesses to the crash and write down their contact information. Following this step will help establish your claim with the insurance company, and if necessary, in court
- Avoid discussing who is at fault for the collision. Be polite but do not apologize for the incident or tell the other drivers or the police that the accident was your fault
- You may be asked to show your insurance card. Cooperate with the authorities and other parties involved, but do not disclose the limits of your insurance coverage. Do not reveal your coverage limits
- If you believe that the other driver may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, have the other driver undergo a breath test
- The other driver may admit that the collision was their fault and offer you money to pay for the damages. Do not accept the offer and defer any discussion of a settlement until you speak with an attorney. Acceptance of any money or settlement offer may prevent you from filing a claim against the other party if your injuries or damages turn out to be more extensive than you initially thought
- Do not ignore what appears to be a minor accident or where damage is not apparent. You may discover hidden injuries or damage later or worse, that the other party has initiated a lawsuit against you
Claiming Compensation for Vehicular Crash
Auto collisions can have tremendous financial and economic consequences on all parties. If you or a loved one is injured in a crash, your immediate concern may be to recover fully from your injuries and resume your lives. Costs for medical treatment and ongoing care can accumulate and the lost income from taking time off work can aggravate your finances. Depending on the circumstances of the incident, the other party may be at fault, for which you may be legally entitled to compensation.
Importance of Personal Injury Lawyer
For many accident victims, their first recourse is to seek compensation from the insurance company of the other driver. Dealing with the insurance adjusters can be a challenge, considering that insurance companies typically deny claims or will try to convince you that your claim is only worth a little. Bear in mind that the bottom line for insurance companies is to remain profitable as a business entity. Talk to an experienced auto accident attorney about your situation. Your lawyer can assess the incident, determine who is at fault, and provide advice on your next steps.
In Stuart, Florida, the law offices of Keith Bregoff PA stands out for their knowledge of the opposing side’s practices. Lawyer Keith Bregoff practiced previously as an insurance attorney for 11 years and has over 23 years of proven litigation experience. Our firm is prepared to assist you and fight for your right to receive the maximum value of compensation that you legally deserve. C
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