Auto accidents are horrible and all too common.
By the Numbers
There are more than 646 crashes each day in the State of Florida, according to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, with at least 250,000 automobile accidents occurring each year.
In more than 50 percent of car accidents someone is injured. Each year more than 2,500 people die in auto accidents on Florida roads. It’s an ugly reality and the U.S. Department of Transportation reports a car accident occurs every 10 seconds nationwide, but you don’t have to find yourself unprepared.
6 Steps to take if you are in a Car Accident
If you’re involved in an auto accident, here’s what you should do:
- Never leave the scene of an accident. If you do leave, this may result in having your license suspended or having your driving privileges revoked.
- Move your vehicle to the side of the road to assess the situation and to ensure you don’t obstruct any additional traffic.
- Call the police. Make sure a police report is filed detailing fault.
- Wait for an ambulance. Don’t refuse treatment.
- Exchange information with the parties involved including: name, address, and contact information, driver’s license number, license plate numbers of all vehicles involved, and auto insurance information.
- Take lots of pictures of the scene.
When an auto accident occurs, there is always personal injury. Personal injury is a form of physical, mental or emotional damage, and lawsuits usually result when the injury is the result of another individual, business, or entity’s negligence. Filing a personal injury lawsuit can be complicated. It is best to consult with a personal injury lawyer that will evaluate your injury claim and walk you through every step of the claim process.
Remember: Be careful if you’re offered a settlement from an insurance company. Make sure all your physical injuries have been treated. Know that some injuries don’t show up immediately and can sometimes take months to reach a level of discomfort or pain. Never settle a claim until you’ve reported all your statements regarding injuries to ensure you’ll be compensated for all your pain and suffering. Be sure to consult with an attorney before signing any settlement documents.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident, don’t deal with the insurance company alone. Contact the Law Office of Kevin M. Cobbin. Real injuries deserve real compensation. Call now at (904) 357-8448.
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