The steps you take after a traffic accident are crucial to any future claim for compensation you wish to file. Although these steps are important, it is just as important to know what not to do after a crash. All motorists in Florida should understand what not to do after a crash, so they protect their claim from the start.
Failing to Remain at the Accident Scene
Florida law requires you to stop at the scene of any accident, particularly if the crash resulted in injury or death. If you do not remain at the scene, you may be charged with a hit-and-run, which could result in exorbitant fines and perhaps even jail time. Even if the collision did not result in injury or death, you should still remain at the scene so you can exchange information with any other party involved.
Failing to Report the Accident
State law also requires you to report any accident that resulted in injury or death. If you do not, you will also violate the law. Even if you are involved in a minor accident, you should still report it to law enforcement. A police officer will visit the scene and write and file a report, which may indicate which party was negligent and therefore, liable for damages.
For many people, it is natural to apologize after a crash. You may apologize just to indicate that you are sorry the accident happened at all. However, this is a mistake. If you apologize, the insurer will use it against you. They will argue that because you apologized after the crash, you are clearly at fault and are not entitled to the full amount of damages.
Failing to Document the Scene
Much of the evidence you will need when filing a claim for damages after a car crash is at the accident scene, and it is important to collect it as soon as possible. Take pictures of the scene including the damage to any vehicles involved, obstacles on the road, your injuries, and any other important information.
Failing to Receive Medical Treatment
Your safety and well-being is the most important priority after an accident and as such, it is important to receive medical treatment after any crash. If you do not, your injuries may become worse, and the insurer will argue that you were not injured because you did not see a doctor. Even if you do not think you were hurt, seek medical treatment anyway, as a doctor will look for injuries that do not always present symptoms right away, such as a concussion.
Filing a Claim Without a Car Accident Lawyer in Miami
You are not required to work with a Miami car accident lawyer when you are filing a claim, but doing so puts the full compensation you deserve at risk. At Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, LLP our skilled attorneys know how to hold negligent parties accountable and will negotiate with the insurer for the full settlement you deserve. Call us today at 305-371-2692 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.