Why you need to act fast after an accident
After the confusion of a car accident, you may be struggling to deal with the aftermath. On top of handling medical problems and insurance companies, you could find yourself knee-deep in paperwork and unpaid household bills. If you have recently been in an accident, learn more about the immediate steps you need to take.
The law can help you recoup some of your losses, but while you wait for the insurance company to evaluate your case, you may be on the hook for lost time and money and could face unexpected delays as parties argue liability.
The first thing you need to do after an accident is to get immediate medical attention. A medical professional will be able to assess you for injuries. Many people are not aware of their injuries until hours or days after their accident. Getting proper medical attention verifies the extent of your condition, and helps build your case.
In Florida, you have 14 days to seek medical attention and document your injuries. After that window, your insurance company will not cover your injuries or damages under PIP benefits. Having a medical professional evaluate your injuries will help you have peace of mind and a record of any trauma incurred during your accident.
Contact your insurance company and file any claims as soon as you can. Doing this helps ensure that your claim gets addressed as speedily as possible. They will be able to react quickly with proper and accurate documentation.
After you have done that, contact a Florida car accident attorney. Because they have experience in these claims, a car accident attorney will be able to help you build a robust case. They can expedite securing witness testimonials, crash scene documentation, and other types of persuading evidence.
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How Soon Should You Report A Car Accident?
Reporting your car accident immediately is your best bet for swift justice. Florida law requires you to report an accident to the police or to highway patrol under certain circumstances including:
- If your accident results in death or if an injury occurs
- If your accident was a hit and run
- If the accident was caused by an intoxicated or impaired driver
- If there was property damage valued at $500 or more
In the state of Florida, you or your legal representative must file your car crash report with the DMV within 10 days of the accident. An exception to this rule would be if an officer is called to the scene of the crash. Typically when dispatched to a crash site, an officer will write a report.
This report is registered automatically with the DMV. In the event that your accident was not required to be reported by state laws, it’s still important to file a report if you intend to pursue any sort of insurance or legal claim. Acting fast after an accident helps protect you and helps your accident attorney strengthen your case.
It’s for your protection and for the protection of anyone else who was involved in your car accident to report the crash as soon as possible. Any witnesses to the crash may forget the details of the incident. The last thing you want a witness to the crash to say to an insurer or a jury is, “I don’t remember, it’s been so long.” Evidence from the crash will begin to disappear as soon as you leave the scene. If your crash was caused by poor roadway conditions or signage, you can be certain this will be fixed rather quickly (this is another reason it is important to document everything with a camera at the scene). All of this is important for supporting your car accident case. An attorney will be able to collect evidence and document witness testimony while it’s still fresh in their mind.
Working With A Firm That Works Fast For You
After an accident, you might feel like your whole life is upside down. In addition to recovering from your injuries, you may be dealing with significant financial stress. The sooner you contact a Florida car accident attorney, the better your results will be.
Trust your case to professionals who understand the complicated ins-and-outs of Florida car accident claims. At Farah and Farah, we have the experience and know-how necessary to handle your case. Hire the law firm that will work fast and fight for you.
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