According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were over 400,000 crashes in Florida in 2019. Of those crashes, over 250,000 resulted in reported injuries.
If you are involved in an automobile accident, there are certain things you can do to protect yourself and your best interests:
- Stop and take a deep breath. Keep calm and make sure you and anyone else involved in the accident is ok.
- Call the police. Dial 9-1-1 to report the accident. Always file a police report, even if you think the accident is minor. This creates an official record of the accident and will ensure a proper exchange of insurance information.
- Exchange insurance information. It’s good to exchange insurance information so that there is a record of the accident, and this helps to speed up the claims process.
- Seek Medical Attention. Even if you feel ok after the accident, shock can mask pain and injury. It is safest to be seen by a doctor and this offers peace of mind as well.
- Report the accident to your insurance provider. A representative will go over the accident with you, and will go over all coverages you have with your policy.
- Take pictures. This is something your insurance company will ask you to do for claims purposes, and it can help in determining the nature and extent of the damage.
- Keep your records. It is important to keep all accident-related documents together.
- Protect your rights. Often, insurance companies will take statements when you report the accident. You may not yet know the extent of your injuries. A personal injury lawyer can help. They will offer you legal guidance regarding communication with insurance companies.
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