Whether you got into a minor fender-bender at a Walgreen’s parking lot and suffered chronic whiplash, or a person near and dear to you got seriously injured or even killed on one of Ocala’s highways, you need immediate assistance with your car accident case. This article can answer urgent questions you have about Florida law and about what you should do next.
What steps should you take immediately after getting into a car crash in Ocala?
- Get immediate medical attention, even if you don’t feel “that hurt.” Injured victims often wind up in a state of medical shock, which means that they are not as attuned to their own injuries as they normally would be. You should also get your vehicle out of harm’s way and get other people out of harm’s way.
- Your next step should be to dial 911 – assuming that the accident involved injury or property damage in excess of $500.
- Collect as much information as you can from the scene, including photos, names of any participants in the accident or witnesses, information from other drivers, such as license numbers, VIN numbers and insurance info. If possible, take pictures of the accident and any injuries that you have (e.g. with a cell phone camera).
- Connect with an established car accident attorney.
What kind of compensation might you get?
The nature of the compensation depends on the circumstances of the crash, but you can be compensated for your pain and suffering, emotional trauma, medical costs, property damage to your vehicle, time off of work, and therapy and rehabilitation.
What parties might be held liable for damages?
Again, it’s hard to name defendants without knowing more about your case. But the pool of potential defendants is probably larger than you think it is. Possible candidates include the driver who hit you as well as that driver’s insurance company and your own insurance company. You might also be able to target the owner of the company that owns the car that hit you (and that company’s insurance company), the manufacturer of your car’s parts, and even the Ocala municipal agency responsible for up-keeping the roads – even if any one of these parties was only indirectly or partially responsible for what happened to you.
How dangerous, exactly, are Florida’s roads?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, on average, approximately 3,200 to 3,500 traffic related fatalities occur in the Sunshine State every year. This fatality rate is much higher than the U.S. average – 16.25 per 100,000 people as opposed to the U.S. average of 12.25 per 100,000 people. The NHTSA estimates that, if every single driver and passenger in the Sunshine State wore seatbelts and used other restraints, approximately 340 lives would be saved every year.
How can I get fast, free and immediate help with my Ocala accident matter?
Connect with the Ocala accident lawyers at Farah & Farah today. Call 352-205-4023 today for a free consultation.