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Steps to Take if You are in a Car Accident in Florida

Without a doubt, a car accident can be very distressing, even for the most careful drivers. In fact, for most people, an accident not only ruins their day, it can cause them to miss work or crucial appointments, and be forced to deal with damage to their vehicle, establishing fault, potential traffic violations, and even injuries in some unfortunate cases. However, the fact that people are often unprepared for auto accidents can make the situation even worse, sometimes causing unnecessary injuries and costly legal mistakes. Our Miami car accident lawyers know that with more than 2 million accidents involving injuries each year, being prepared for an accident is important. Accordingly, the following are some tips to consider should you be involved in a crash:

• Keep safety your number 1 priority. If you are in an accident, pull over to a safe place, if possible, to avoid being struck by other cars. If you cannot move your car to another location, remain in your vehicle with your seatbelts fastened until help arrives. Turn your hazard lights on and set out cones and/or flares (equip your car with these beforehand) so that you are visible to other drivers, including emergency personnel.

• Contact the police. Even if you think the accident is minor, contact the police immediately. The arriving officer will assess the damage and gather all of the facts necessary to prepare an accident report of the crash. This is critical information, not only for your insurance carrier in terms of covering your expenses, but also for an accident attorney should you choose to file a lawsuit in your case. Moreover, an officer will also determine whether additional emergency personnel are required, such as firemen and emergency medical technicians.

• Exchange vital information. Following an accident, be sure to obtain the name, phone number, address, insurance policy number and contact information, license plate number, driver’s license number, make, model, year, color and vehicle identification number of the owner of each vehicle involved in the crash.

• Contact your insurer immediately. Calling your insurance company and informing them of your accident is very important, and if you fail to do so in a timely fashion, it could result in a denial of your claim.

• Review your insurance policy. Be sure to read the terms of your policy so that you know exactly what you are entitled to receive in terms of damages for your accident. If you are unsure about something, ask your insurance agent to help you.

• Photograph and document the accident. Take pictures of the damage that was sustained to your car, the other car, and also, the conditions surrounding the accident (i.e. poor weather, hazardous road conditions, overgrown shrubbery). Also speak with any witnesses of your accident, and ask them to write down exactly what they saw. Collect their contact information in the event that your insurance company or attorney wishes to speak to them further about your accident.

• Contact a qualified Miami Car Accident Attorney. Only a seasoned accident attorney is in the best position to advise you of your rights and responsibilities, as well as the scope of your legal options. Always be sure to contact a qualified attorney before answering any questions that may be raised by your insurer or the opposing counsel, as you do not want to do or say anything that will incriminate yourself.

Contact Our Miami Car Accidents Attorney Now!

The Miami Car Accident Attorneys of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully handle your auto accident case. Our team of seasoned personal injury attorneys has been recognized by nationwide peer review organizations such as Martindale Hubbell (“AV” rated), has been deemed “Superlawyers” and is an invited member of Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. With more than 100 collective years of legal experience fighting for the rights of clients, our attorneys are among those voted as South Florida’s top-rated lawyers by the Miami Herald. Call (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 today for an evaluation of your case or visit our website for more information.

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