Monday, 2 May 2016

What Should I Do after a Serious Florida Car Accident?

There were more than 243,000 injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents during 2015 in Florida. In many of these cases victims were seriously injured and suffered tremendous losses as a result of their accident. Many people who are hurt in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents are unable to work, incur substantial medical expenses, and experience significant pain and suffering. Fortunately for accident victims, Florida law entitles people who are injured by the negligence of others to financial compensation for these and other losses they may sustain.

After an accident, people are often scared, confused, and uncertain as to what to do next. Below are some tips to ensure that you receive the medical attention you need and that your legal rights are protected.

Call 911

The first thing that you should do after a serious accident is call 911. This will alert law enforcement and emergency medical services to the fact that an accident has occurred, ensuring that anyone who needs first aid and medical care receives it as soon as possible.

Collect Information

If you are able to, you should try and collect as much information as possible about your accident. If you have a camera, you should take photographs of the scene of the accident and of any road hazards that you believe may have contributed to the wreck. Some of the information you should gather includes:

•    The names of the other drivers
•    The license plate numbers of the vehicles involved
•    The other drivers’ insurance information
•    Contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident

Make detailed notes about anything that seems out of the ordinary and that you believe may have played a role in the accident. Try and make these notes as soon as you can after an accident, as memories fade and evidence can be lost.

See a Doctor

It is important for you to see a physician after your accident, even if you do not believe that you are injured. There are some injuries that may not become symptomatic until a significant amount of time after an accident, and it may be difficult to establish that your injuries were caused by the crash if you wait to have them diagnosed. In addition, seeing a physician will result in the creation of a medical record that can be used to establish the extent and nature of your injuries in order to calculate damages.

Call a Lawyer

Do not make the mistake of thinking that you can handle your car accident claim alone. Insurance companies regularly low-ball unrepresented parties with offensively low settlement offers, as they know that there is very little risk of a lawsuit. By retaining an experienced attorney, you will ensure that you receive the full value of your claim and that you will not be taken advantage of by unscrupulous insurance adjusters.

Contact an Orlando Car Accident Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case

Accident victims are very often entitled to significant legal compensation under Florida law, and attorney Jonathan K. Allen is dedicated to ensuring that each client he represents gets the full and value of his or her claim. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Allen, call our office today at 407-205-2330.

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