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Knowing What To Do In Case Of An Automobile Accident

Ft Lauderdale Car Accident Attorney

Motor vehicle accidents happen in a blink of an eye and it’s critical to know in advance what to do if you are involved in a car accident in South Florida. While no one expects to be involved in an accident when they leave the house in the morning, over 600 Floridians per day are involved in motor vehicle accidents. Knowing a few basic things can save the lives of you and others involved in the accident as well as prepare you to be compensated for the financial repercussions of the event. Many times a motor vehicle accident will require the counsel of an experienced Ft Lauderdale car accident attorney. Here are a few simple things to remember if you are involved in a car accident in South Florida.

 

Remain at the Scene of the Accident

As a good Ft Lauderdale car accident attorney will tell you, when you are involved in a motor vehicle accident in South Florida, even a minor one, you need to immediately call 911 and remain at the scene until they arrive. You do not have the option to leave before the police arrive. If you leave you could be charged with the serious crime of leaving the scene of an accident sometimes called hit and run. If you flee the scene you could be denying the other party of life-saving first aid. If you flee the scene of an accident and the other party dies, as a result, you could be charged with a serious felony and be subject to heavy fine and potentially jail time.

Call 911 to get medical assistance

The most important reason to make 911 your first call is to make sure  that you and all other parties  receive immediate, potentially life-saving medical attention for your injuries. An important secondary consideration for making the call is to document the extent of the seriousness of your injuries for use if you decide to sue the other driver’s insurance company. Establishing a medical history immediately following your car accident will make sure that you have a record of all of your injuries both major and minor.

Don’t Talk to the Other Party’s Insurance Adjuster

When you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident one of the first parties on the scene, in addition to the police and emergency medical personnel will be the insurance company’s claim adjuster to determine the extent of their potential financial damages. Don’t talk to them. It’s the insurance adjuster’s job to reduce or eliminate any claim against the company and they know every sneaky trick in the book. They will contact you immediately after the accident when you are still “shaken up” from the accident to get you to make statements that minimize any injury or property damage you may have.  These statement can be used against you in court if necessary.

 

Call The Maus Law Firm

After you have called 911, administered or received any necessary first aid, call an experienced Ft Lauderdale car accident attorney The Maus Law Firm. We are experienced and knowledgeable South Florida car accident attorneys with a zeal for representing people who have been injured by the negligence of others in car accidents and other situations like slip and fall accidents and cruise ship accidents.

Contact us today to learn about your legal options