Miami gets credit for being the most exciting place to have a beach vacation, and the keys of Sarasota Bay get the credit for having the most beautiful beaches, but the Florida panhandle’s beach destinations are the best of both worlds. The Emerald Coast has everything you could want in a beach vacation, whether your aim is to party hard or to relax. While the vacation spots near Pensacola are known for being safe, it is inevitable that some of the car accidents that happen in the area will involve tourists from out of state. If you get injured in a car accident while visiting northwest Florida, your first priority should be to seek medical treatment promptly. Dealing with the financial issues can happen a few weeks later, and if it seems like you will need to file a lawsuit, contact a Pensacola auto accident lawyer.
What to Do If You Get in a Car Accident on Vacation
The procedures for what to do in the immediate aftermath of a car accident that happens on vacation are very similar to what you would do if you got in a car accident close to home. You should report the accident immediately to the police and to your insurance company. You should go to a hospital to be examined, even if you do not look or feel injured, because many injuries that cause chronic pain do not start to show symptoms until a few hours or days after the accident.
Once you are home, gather records of the expenses related to your accident. All kinds of expenses count, from medical bills and physical therapy to vehicle repair and rental car expenses. A few weeks after the accident, you will get a settlement offer from your insurance company. The right time to contact a lawyer is before you sign to accept the offer, not after.
Why Not Hire a Lawyer from Your Home State?
When it comes to personal injury laws, every state is different. Even if you live close enough to Florida to drive there and back in a day, a lawyer from your home state will not be able to help you. You need an attorney who is certified to practice law in Florida. An additional benefit of hiring a Florida lawyer to deal with a Florida accident is that the lawyer can handle court dates and legal correspondence without requiring you to travel back to Florida frequently. You can stay in contact with your lawyer through phone and email.
Contact the Stevenson Klotz Law Firm About Car Accident Cases
Hiring a personal injury lawyer in Florida is the most practical and cost-effective way to pursue a lawsuit related to a Florida accident. Contact the Stevenson Klotz Law Firm in Pensacola, Florida to discuss your case and to see whether you have grounds for a lawsuit.
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.