Steps To Take After A Florida Auto Accident

After a serious Florida motor vehicle accident, you could be looking at soaring medical bills, lost wages, property damage and other losses. You could be left with physical impairments and lasting pain. If someone else was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation to help you meet the challenges ahead.

Our lawyers are here to answer your questions and explain your rights if you have been injured in an accident. Call 800-377-5194 for a free consultation.

In the aftermath of an auto accident, it's important to take steps to protect your right to full compensation.

Step 1. Report the accident. The police will do a report that documents the details about the accident, including the likely cause of the crash. However, don't assume that this report is all you will need to prove fault. Collect contact information for witnesses, so your attorney can obtain statements while the accident is still fresh in their minds.

Step 2. Do not admit liability. Even if the other driver was obviously at fault, making statements such as "I may have been going a little fast" can be costly. Even if the other party was primarily at fault, your financial recovery can be reduced by any percentage of responsibility that is assigned to you.

Step 3. Take pictures. Photos of the accident scene and vehicle damage can help establish liability. However, helping the injured obtain medical care is your first responsibility.

Step 4. Obtain medical care. Even if you do not feel seriously injured, see a doctor and make sure you are all right. To obtain PIP compensation, you must seek medical treatment no more than 14 days after the accident. Failure to that will jeopardize access to full PIP compensation.

Step 5. If you are contacted by the other driver's insurance company, do not say anything or sign anything. The insurance company will try to get you to say or sign things that it will later use against you. Learn more about protecting yourself from insurance companies.

Step 6. Seek legal advice. It costs you nothing to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer. Don't wait until you run into a problem, as any mistakes you make in the early stages of your case can be difficult to correct later.

Step 7. Continue medical care until you recover as fully as possible. If you discontinue treatment, the insurance company will claim that you are no longer injured.

Learn more: What is the deadline for filing an auto accident claim?

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The Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC, offers a free initial consultation to answer your questions about the steps you need to take after a motor vehicle accident. Call 800-377-5194 or complete our contact form to discuss your accident case with an attorney at our firm. We have offices in Miami, Sunrise, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa.