Many of us drive every single day. Unfortunately, car accidents are extremely common. As a result, it is important to know what to do in the event of an accident. Read on to learn more about car accidents in Florida and what you should do if an injury occurs.
What 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 Steps Should I Take After an Accident
If you are involved in a car accident, there are a number of important steps you should take:
The police can call an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and more.
Document the scene
One of the most important things you can do is take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Make sure to document any damage done to all cars/property involved.
Ask the other driver for his/her insurance information
It is important to try to remain calm and polite and keep the conversation to a minimum. You should especially avoid apologizing, as this can be misconstrued as taking the blame for the accident.
Obtain witness contacts
If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. This can be extremely helpful when it comes to a personal injury case.
Seek medical attention
It is important to go to the hospital, even if you do not feel like you have been seriously injured. It is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it. Before leaving the hospital, make sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents/bills.
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will need a dedicated attorney on your side. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.
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.