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What to Do After a Car Accident in Miami, FL

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Miami is a big city and there are a lot of cars on the road every single day. An accident can happen any time – on highways such as I-95, I-195, US-41, and US-1, on busy roads such as Biscayne Boulevard, or on a neighborhood side street. What should you do if you’ve been in a car accident? There are steps you can take to protect your health and your right to seek financial compensation.

Be sure to get legal advice as soon as possible following your crash. A Miami car accident lawyer can guide you through the claims process every step of the way.

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Should I call law enforcement to the scene?

You can call the state police or the Miami Police Department. Or simply call 911. This is important for a few reasons. First, the police can keep the accident scene safe to prevent a bad situation from becoming worse. Second, they can get emergency medical attention for people who are seriously injured. And third, they can fill out a Florida Traffic Crash Report. This will contain important information about the crash, including all parties involved, a description of what happened, and any citations that were issued. It’s important to order a copy of your accident report as soon as it is available.

Should I get information from the other driver?

Don’t talk about how the accident happened or who caused it. Don’t even say anything such as “I’m sorry,” or anything else that could be perceived as accepting blame. Just ask the driver if you can exchange some basic information with each other. This includes: 

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Address
  • Insurance information
  • License plate number
  • Driver’s license number

If a commercial vehicle hit you, get the name and contact information for of the driver’s employer. Also, get information from any witnesses who saw what happened. 

Should I get photos and video, if possible?

Yes. This includes pictures or video of the damage to all vehicles involved. Also document the accident scene. Take wider shots of the collision. Also take photos of street signs, landmarks, road construction, traffic signals, and skid marks. Take photos of any visible injuries that you have. Another way to document what happened is to write down everything you remember about the crash as soon as you get a chance.

Should I be examined by a doctor?

This is very important for several reasons. You may think that you are just shaken up and don’t need medical attention. But even if you seem to feel fine, you could have suffered a concussion or internal injuries which have delayed symptoms. A doctor can examine you and treat any injuries you do have. At the very least, let emergency medical personnel examine you.

If you were treated for an injury, there will be documentation that you can use when you seek financial compensation. A lawyer can get your medical records from HCA Florida Mercy Hospital, University of Miami Health System, Keralty Hospital Miami, MD Now Urgent Care, or your personal primary care physician.

Should I report the accident to my insurance company?

Failing to do so could put your ability to recovering compensation at risk. Notify your insurance company within a day or two that you were in a crash. Just stick to the facts – you don’t have to go into a lot of detail. Don’t talk to the other driver’s insurance company if they contact you. If you are asked to answer any questions or give a recorded statement, just tell them you need to talk to your attorney first.

Contact an experienced Miami car accident lawyer.

An attorney can review the details of your crash and review your legal options for recovering compensation during a free consultation. You can also get answers to your questions. There’s no cost and no obligation. But you can get the information you need to help you decide what to do next.

Don’t wait too long, though. Under Florida law, you have four years from the date of your accident to take legal action against a negligent party. But the fact is that time is not on your side. It can take time to build a strong case. And as months go by, evidence can be lost or destroyed. Witnesses can forget details.

Don’t delay – call an experienced car accident attorney now.

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