In 2009, there were almost 250,000 car accidents in Florida. If you are
ever in a Florida traffic accident, are you prepared? Do you know what
to do if you are injured?
car accident lawyers in West Palm Beach offer the following tips:
Keep a vehicle emergency kit in your trunk. For more information, see our article, "West Palm Beach Accident
Attorney: 20 Things To Keep In A Car Safety Kit". You should also
carry a flash light, cell phone, camera, and a pen and paper for taking
notes; although a smart phone can fill all those functions. If you have
any medical conditions or allergies, wear an alert bracelet or carry a
card with your medical information. You should also keep a card with emergency
contact numbers in your glove compartment. If you have a smart phone,
you can download an app for this information.
Call the police and stay at the scene until you are told you can leave.
Get out of the road. If you are able to, move your car to the side of the road and out of
the way of oncoming traffic. This will prevent you from being involved
in a secondary accident. If you can't safely move the car, stay in
your seat with the seat belt on and turn on your hazard lights. If it
is safe to do so, set out cones or flares to warn other drivers.
See a doctor. If you are injured, getting treatment for your injuries should be your
first priority. Even if you don't think you are injured, call your
doctor and ask to be screened for hidden injuries. Many neck, head and
back injuries don't show symptoms until days after the crash. Seeing
a doctor helps provide evidence of your injury to insurance companies
looking for a reason to deny medical coverage. Follow up with any suggested
Exchange information with the other driver. Get the name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number,
driver license number and license plate number for each driver involved
in the accident. You may also want to write down a description the year,
make, model and color of the car.
Get contact information for any witnesses.
7.Document the accident. Use your cell phone's camera to take pictures of the damage to all
the vehicles and of the accident scene, including any skid marks or property damage.
File an accident report. If a police officer comes to the scene, he will file the report. Ask how
to get a copy. If it was a minor accident and no officer came to the scene,
you can file a report at a local police station. This is important evidence
to support your accident claim.
Notify your insurance company. Don't give too many details. They just need the date, time and location
of the accident.
Download our free book,
What the Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know. Before accepting a settlement,
contact a car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach. The Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb offer free consultations to Florida
injury victims. We'll let you know if the settlement offer is fair
or if you are entitled to more money.