Often, we do not think twice before hopping in the car to run an errand, get to work, or see a friend. But, car accidents occur often and their results can be life-altering. As a result, it is important to know what to do in the event of an accident. Read on to learn more.

What are the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Florida?

There are a number of ways accidents can occur. But, the majority of accidents are due to driver negligence. In fact, distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents in the United States. Some other common forms of negligence include:

  • Driving while drowsy or fatigued
  • Texting while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving aggressively or recklessly
  • Eating or smoking while driving
  • Excessively speeding
  • Failing to comply with traffic lights, signs, and other rules of the road

What do I do if I am involved in a Car Accident?

If you are involved in a car accident, it is important to call 911 right away. The police can send an ambulance, conduct chemical tests, interview witnesses, and more. Immediately after an accident, you should go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility. This will ensure that your injuries are treated while simultaneously providing you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.

What is the Statute of Limitations?

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may wish to take legal action. An injury can take a serious toll, and you may deserve compensation for burdens such as lost wages, medical bills, and more. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to adhere strictly to the statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally four years from the date of the accident. While four years may seem like a long time, it is easy to let important deadlines slip by when you are recovering from a serious accident.

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, our firm will fight for you. Reach out today to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Here at Manuel & Thompson, P.A., we understand the potentially devastating effect that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family, which is why we are dedicated to helping all those who’ve been injured due to no fault of their own. Our firm also proudly handles insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.