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What to Do After a Car Accident

Car accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, for every one person killed in a motor vehicle crash, eight others were hospitalized, and 99 others were treated and released from emergency rooms.

Florida, in particular, has a high number of motor vehicle accidents and injuries, largely due to the great volume of traffic on the state’s roads. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Florida ranked third among states in the number of deaths caused by car accidents in 2017.

Given the high likelihood of experiencing a car accident in this state, it’s in the best interest of every Floridian to read up on the common causes of car crashes, as well as the proper steps to take after one to protect their rights.

What Causes Car Accidents?

Car accidents have many different causes, including human error, defective equipment, weather conditions, and road hazards. Chief among these causes, however, is human error.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that human error accounts for 94% of car accidents in the U.S. Some common examples of human error include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Drunk driving

  • Distracted driving

  • Drowsy driving

  • Driving too fast or slow for conditions

  • Changing lanes without signaling

  • Not leaving enough braking distance between vehicles

Given the high likelihood that human error will cause a car accident you’re involved in, it’s a good idea for you to read up on the measures below to prove the other party’s liability after a crash.

Car Accident Checklist

If you are physically able to do so after a car accident, make sure you take the steps outlined below to protect your rights after the incident:

  • Contact the authorities. When the responding officer arrives at the scene, recount your memory of the accident from beginning to end. The police report that the officer files will serve as evidence to bolster your case that you did not cause the accident.

  • Take photos. Make sure to capture images of any property damage and injuries sustained at the scene.

  • Collect the other driver’s information. Gather the other driver’s contact information, insurance information, and vehicle information.

  • Collect any witnesses’ information. Gather the contact information of any eyewitnesses at the scene. Their testimony may be beneficial in proving you were not liable.

  • Take note of any traffic cameras at the scene. The footage from nearby traffic cameras can be vital in proving the other driver was responsible for the accident.

  • Keep records of all medical treatment. Even if your injuries seem minor, seek medical attention anyway. Keep all records of the medical treatment you received; these records can later be used to demonstrate the harm the accident caused you.

  • Contact your insurance company. Call your insurance company as soon as possible and explain what happened during the accident.

  • Contact an experienced personal injury attorney. It’s never a good idea to go through the legal process alone, particularly for a car accident that resulted in injuries and physical damage. A qualified attorney who is knowledgeable in your state’s unique laws will be able to guide you through the process and help you recover the maximum possible compensation.

Why Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

You may think that a car accident is an occurrence that is common enough that you do not need to hire a personal injury attorney to help you through the process. However, even if a car accident may seem minor initially, it can leave you with serious injuries that do not present symptoms until later.

If you try to handle the case on your own, you may not have the expertise necessary to work with the insurance companies to recover the compensation you may need at a later date.

This is why it’s in your best interest to work with an experienced personal injury who can help you recover the maximum possible compensation. In most cases, personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay them a dime unless they win money for you. Our attorneys at Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. operate under this principle.

Understanding Your Car Insurance Policy

One additional factor you must consider in the wake of a car accident is whether your car insurance policy will cover your damages after the crash. The following components of a typical car insurance policy cover different things:

  • Liability: Most states require drivers to buy and carry liability insurance at a minimum. This type of coverage pays for the medical costs and damages caused to those in an accident.

  • Collision: This type of coverage will pay for physical damage caused to your vehicle in an accident.

  • Comprehensive: This type of coverage will pay for external damage caused to your vehicle, such as by weather events or vandalism.

  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist: This type of coverage will pay for damages caused by another driver who either does not have insurance or has insufficient insurance to pay the full cost.

Injured in a Car Accident? We’re Here to Help

If you have been injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, our personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. is here to help. We have helped countless Floridians seek justice after an accident and recover the compensation they deserve.

You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence out of your own pocket. Let our team take the matter out of your hands.

Contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. today at (888) 499-6206 to schedule a free consultation.