Important Steps to Take After a Car Accident
A car accident is not something you plan to be involved in, but having a plan of action in the unfortunate event you are involved in a car crash can make the difference on whether you receive compensation for your loss. There are several steps you must take to ensure you are compensated for your loss. First, call the police immediately. Next, take photographs of the cars involved, the roadway/intersection, and any injuries. If possible, move the vehicles out of the roadway. Wait for the police to arrive. Request fire rescue if you are injured. Next, contact an attorney as soon as possible. It is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention. Florida No-Fault Law requires that all injuries related to an accident be reported to a doctor within fourteen days from the date of accident before Personal Injury Protection benefits are paid. Do not provide a statement to anyone before speaking with an attorney.
Accidents are very stressful, whether your fault or not, and happen more frequently than you may realize. The 2012 Crash Facts Annual Report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles details the statistics of car accidents in Florida. In 2012 alone there were 281,340 traffic crashes wherein 468,470 individuals were affected. Out of these affected individuals, 198,032 reported injuries and 149,044 resulted in property damage alone. Car accidents do not always involve automobiles alone. In many instances the accident involves a pedestrian, cyclist and motorcyclist. In 2012, there were 7,290 pedestrian crashes reported, 4,925 bicycle crashes, and 7,484 motorcycle crashes.
There are measures you can take to help avoid injury and property damage associated with a car accident. One, always wear your seatbelt, not only is it the law, but in many instances will prevent you from being ejected from the car or striking the windshield. In many cases an accident can be avoided if you do certain things. Abide all traffic laws, such as observing the posted speed limit and traffic directives. Perform regular maintenance of your automobile, such as checking your tire pressure. Always be attentive to your surroundings. Many drivers are distracted by their cellphones, other drivers, the radio, etc. An alert driver can avoid an accident and prevent injury.
A car accident can be a traumatizing experience, but you can take control by having a plan of action along with professional representation. Perez-Gurri Law Firm is here to advocate for you. We have over thirty years of experience representing car crash victims. Do not forget to call the police, take photos, call fire rescue if needed, and see your attorney. Remember Florida No-Fault Law requires that all injuries must be reported to a doctor within fourteen days from the accident. And lastly, do not provide a statement to anyone before speaking with an attorney.