The time after a Pensacola car accident can be overwhelming – injuries may be severe, and emotions could be running high. However, it’s critical you take some important steps to comply with Florida law, handle your health, address insurance issues, and prepare for any legal claim you will eventually be making. Below are a few of the key actions you should take if you’re involved in a Florida car accident.
Florida Legal Requirements
Florida has a few laws anyone involved in a car accident must comply with after a collision. Florida requires you stop at the scene of the accident, check with all parties for injuries, and seek help for anyone who was hurt. Florida drivers must also report the accident to law enforcement – a local police department, Sheriff’s Department, or the Florida Highway Patrol – if the accident resulted in any injuries, deaths, or any property damage over $500. You must also move your vehicle off the roadway. If you cannot move it yourself, you must call for help or a tow truck to clear the road.
Other Important Steps to Take
After you comply with your legal obligations, you should take other steps to gather information, start the vehicle repair process, and look after your health. These actions can also prevent you from costly missteps should you decide to file a claim for compensation.
- Exchange information
- Talk to all eyewitnesses and get contact information
- Take photographs of the scene
- Inform your insurance company
- Keep records of all expenses – medical bills, lost wages, property repair
- Never admit fault
- Beware of early settlement offers
It’s also advisable you speak to an attorney right away to make sure you properly completed all the necessary steps to gather evidence and fill out all necessary paperwork correctly.
Contact a Florida Car Accident Attorney Today
If you were injured in a collision on Florida’s roads, you should call the skilled Pensacola Car Accident Attorneys at Stevenson Klotz to make sure you comply with all legal requirements properly and protect your claim for damages. Our attorneys have years of experience fighting for victims just like you to get the compensation you deserve. Call us at (850) 706-4226 or complete our online Contact Page to schedule your no-obligation case evaluation today. The consultation is free, and you pay nothing until we win your case. Let us fight for you so you can focus on your recovery.
Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.