Many thousands of people vacation in Florida annually. People from all over the world turn to Florida’s amusement parks, its beautiful beaches, great golf, abundant fishing, and year-round warm weather for rest and relaxation with family and friends. Tragedy can strike while on vacation. You need to know where you can turn for help when you are out of your familiar surroundings, and something terrible happens. You need to know where to turn for help. If you or someone in your family suffered personal injuries or died as a result of another person’s careless acts, you need the law firm the Miami Herald voted to be the Top Law Firm in South Florida: Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano.
While terrible and tragic, severe car crashes occur on Florida’s highways that involve vacationers from out of state. For instance, a dream vacation for a family from Leadwood, MO turned into a terrible nightmare. The parents of two young girls were killed on Interstate 4 just outside of Orlando recently when another car struck the front end of their car. The force of the collision forced the victims’ car off of the road and into a tree. The impact with the tree killed both parents. Their two daughters, aged 13 and 8, survived but suffered very serious personal injuries. It was a dream vacation gone wrong. The parents saved money for months so they could show their daughters what it was like to go on vacation. The family was traveling to the beach when the fatal car crash happened. The family visited Walt Disney World and Universal Studios over the previous couple of days before the crash. Due to the severity of the injuries to the children, they do not know that their parents died in the crash. Relatives flew to Florida to be with the children and break the heart-wrenching news to them.
It is hard to know what to do at a moment like this. There are steps you should take to in the immediate aftermath of a crash. Following these steps may prevent further injury and will put you in the best position going forward to pursue claims for personal injury. If you are involved in a crash and can safely move, do so. Check on others involved in the crash to check them for injuries. You or someone should call 9-1-1. Stay with the injured person if it is safe to do so. If not, or no one is so seriously injured that they cannot move, get over to safety on the side of the road and wait for police, fire, and rescue. As a driver or passenger, especially when traveling to areas which are unfamiliar to you, pay close attention to your surroundings. Know what road you are on and have an idea where you are geographical. It also helps to know what direction in which you are traveling. Having this information available to communicate to first responders quickly can help save lives. The faster and more accurate you are with necessary information, the quicker life-saving equipment will arrive on-scene.
You should take down as much information as possible at the scene. Do not leave until police release you from the scene. They will acquire a lot of information about the crash and put it in a report, but you need to help yourself. Even before police arrive, make a note of the people in the area, the vehicles they are in, the license plates if possible. Watch to see if anyone directly involved in the crash left the scene. You also need to make sure you know which the law enforcement agency with which the investigating officers are engaged, so you know where to get the accident reports. Along with making a note of information on the scene, be sure to note which hospital you went to for treatment, the names of the doctors, and retain all of the documents the hospital gives you. They will be an invaluable source later on.
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