Top 5 Things To Do After A Car Accident In Florida

by Jason Turchin on Feb. 23, 2021

Accident & Injury Car Accident Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: Florida car accident lawyer provides legal tips on what to do after a car accident.

If you find yourself as a victim of a car accident in Florida, you may be thrust into an unexpected world of various insurance companies, insurance adjusters, police officers, lawyers and medical providers. As a Florida car accident lawyer, I've handled thousands of accident and injury claims. There are a few tips to keep in mind when trying to find out what to do after a car accident. 

  1. Call the Police. The police can help document the accident, identify witnesses, note the insurance company of the at fault party, and issue tickets. A police report, while not usually admissible in court, could provide your car accident lawyer with valuable information to get started on the case.
  2. Get Medical Treatment. If you have any pain or injury from the car accident, it is important to get medical care as soon as possible. It may not only help to get you better, but it may also help document your injuries to show the insurance company that you were injured.
  3. Take Photographs. Try to get photographs of the other person's vehicle and your own vehicle if there is significant property damage. This can help show the insurance company that your injuries were caused by the car accident. If you have any visible injuries, like bruising or cuts, you should also take photographs of those injuries.
  4. Do Not Give Any Statements To The Insurance Company. If the insurance company of the at-fault person reaches out to speak with you, you should not talk to them without first speaking with a car accident lawyer. Oftentimes, they are not looking out for your best interest. They generally stand in the shoes of the person who caused the accident and could be looking for ways to not pay your claim or to reduce the value of the claim.
  5. Speak With A Car Accident Lawyer. An experienced car accident lawyer in Florida can help guide you through the claims process, deal with the insurance companies, and help negotiate a fair settlement on the accident claim. Most adjusters have settled hundreds or thousands of car accident claims, so it may be wise to have an attorney on your side with significant experience in car accident settlement negotiation. 
While a car accident in Florida may be life changing, there are attorneys who focus much of their practice on car accident claim settlement. Understandably, some people try to settle cases on their own. Be aware though that you could be losing out on thousands of dollars. Insurance companies may not tell you that part of your settlement may have to get returned to your own health insurance through a subrogation process, or how to negotiate your medical expenses down to increase how much money you walk away with. They may not consider your future medical treatment or your pain and suffering. 

Feel free to contact us with any questions on your car accident claim. We are happy to answer any questions you might have.
 

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