Car accidents are a reality of life, but should not be financially devastating. Knowing your responsibilities and rights as a driver is important to recovering damages from a car accident.
Steps to Take After a Car Accident
Florida has about 250,000 vehicle accidents every year and the most common cause of these accidents is careless driving such as not taking into account the width of roads, traffic, and other road conditions. Being careful while driving such as not drinking or texting will make these potential road hazards less likely to cause an accident.
While being a responsible driver is important when driving, it is also essential to understand what to do after an accident. The most important thing to do after a car accident is to be sure there are no injuries for yourself or other passengers. It is critical to contact emergency personnel as soon as you are able after the accident. Give your license and other information to the police officer who responds to the accident. Do not leave the accident scene, especially if you were responsible for the accident. If you leave the accident scene without providing your license information, you could have your license revoked. You must also give your name, address, and vehicle registration number to others involved in the accident.
If you are a plaintiff in an accident lawsuit, it is critical that you gather as much information as you can after the accident such as contact information from the other driver, witness contact information, and information from responding emergency personnel such as police officers. Hospital records and bills are critical documents to prove the extent of your injuries and the costs associated with the accident. Retain evidence of any work-related financial losses for evidence in the lawsuit.
Florida is a no-fault car insurance state. A no-fault insurance state means that if you have injuries from a car accident in Florida, you will need to obtain compensation from your insurance company for injuries and other losses from the accident, regardless of which driver was at fault. Only in specific circumstances will a lawsuit be acceptable to pursue in court after an accident. You can file a liability claim with the other driver’s insurance company or file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver if the accident results in permanent injuries, or significant and permanent scarring, disfigurement, or death. The statute of limitations, if your case meets the serious injury threshold, is four years. This countdown starts the day of the accident. Weekends and holidays are included in this count to four years.
Contact Farah & Farah to discuss your situation. You can reach us at (800) 533-3555.