After being injured in a car accident on Florida’s roadways, you
will probably want to file a personal injury claim to try to win compensation
that will help pay for your medical bills or repair costs. But just saying
that someone caused the traffic collision and hoping to get rewarded recoveries
will probably not be enough to get you all that you need. You should back
your claims with a solid case, and constructing that begins the moment
the car accident occurs.
When you have been in a car accident, always remember these important steps:
Call the authorities:
In Florida, it is the law to notify the police whenever a car accident
causes injury or damages that appear to be at least $500. Not only will
law enforcement help clear others away from the scene, they can also provide
you with copies of their own accident reports that could be used to your
The truth of what actually happened can often be reconstructed when ample
evidence of the car accident is collected. Snap as many photographs as
you want and from as many angles as you can. Be sure to get clear pictures
of the damage to all cars involved. If any witnesses are nearby, see if
any of them will provide you with a written testimony.
It may sound like an obvious step but it is overlooked more often than
most would think. Get whatever information you can about the other driver,
including driver’s license, insurance policy, license plate, cell
phone number, etc.
Never admit fault:
This cannot be stressed enough, so it bears repeating:
never admit fault. Even if you feel that you are honestly partially responsible,
do not say so. For all you know, the other driver could have been texting
and driving, fussing with their GPS, or even intoxicated. Keep in mind
that an insurance adjuster might view an apology as an admittance of guilt;
when in doubt, remain polite yet quiet.
Retain an attorney:
More crucial than anything, you should start speaking with a professional
Miami car accident lawyer as soon as possible. The details of your case
could easily get muddled up in complicated liability laws, and you could
find yourself wondering where to turn to next. With me, Attorney Danielle
Cohen, at your side, I will ensure that you are not missing a critical
step, that the liable parties do not shirk their responsibilities, and
that you are being offered the fair and comprehensive settlement you deserve.
Ready to file your claim? Contact me
and my team at Cohen Law in Southern Florida today to schedule your free consultation.