An accident can happen to anyone at anytime. It can only take a second for a life to change and for injuries to occur and medical bills to pile up. Victims of car crashes who want to be better prepared if they were to ever need a personal injury lawyer’s help should avoid doing these things if they need to hire an attorney to help them obtain maximum compensation for their injuries.
1. If you are medically able, never ever leave the scene of an accident
In the state of Florida, leaving the scene of an accident can be classified as a “hit and run” if it involves property damage, bodily injury or a death. Florida law mandates that the owners of the vehicles involved in a collision must immediately stop after a collision and remain at the scene. The driver at fault must give his or her name, address and vehicle registration number to the other driver as well as providing license, registration and other information to police officers investigating the accident. Unless immediate medical attention is required, leaving the scene of an accident (being a hit and run driver) is considered a felony with severe penalties.
2. Don’t forget to contact your insurance company
Personal Injury Protection or No-Fault insurance is required for drivers in Florida. In order to receive the benefits of PIP, drivers must file a claim with the insurance company. If you are injured in an accident, the best recourse you can take is to call an attorney who can help increase your chances of having your claim approved.
3. Don’t refuse medical treatment
Sometimes after an accident injured individuals just want to return to work and try to forget about their damaged car and injuries. Even if a car crash victim does not feel pain right away, it is always important to seek medical attention. Many times, pain shows up a couple of days after an accident. If you were to make a claim for compensation, it could be affected if a doctor hasn’t evaluated you and you don’t have any medical records recording the extent of your injuries.
4. Failing to collect evidence
If you medically can, attempt to collect evidence after an accident. Failing to do so may impact your claim when it becomes important in helping determine liability and extent of costly property damage. Take photos or a video of the wrecked vehicles and of any injuries you may have sustained. Record doctor’s appointments and how you are feeling over the course of your treatment.
No one is ready for an accident to happen, but if it does, accident attorneys at Burnetti, P.A. are ready and willing to help investigate your claim. Call 1-800-BURNETTI for more information.