What To Do When You Are In A Car Accident

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there are over 300,000 car crashes in the Sunshine State each year. These dangerous collisions injure over 200,000 Florida citizens annually, claiming thousands of lives and livelihoods. If you or a loved one were involved in a Florida car crash, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your interests—which we’ll cover in detail below. 

At Goldman & Daszkal in Florida, we’re passionate about providing the experienced, caring legal support you need to overcome your car accident and regain control of your life. Our team of considerate professionals is here to listen to your story and fight hard for the compensation you and your loved ones deserve. To start, let’s review the most important steps you should take today to protect yourself after a car accident.

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What To Do When You Are In A Car Accident


A car accident can cause more than just physical injury and damage to your property. It can also hurt you emotionally and psychologically, and those injuries are not as easy to recognize. Some people will be fortunate enough to never experience an accident, but everyone should know a few tips on what to do just in case. 

In the moments just after an accident, you have several important tasks before you. These include things you should and should not do. Most importantly, you should take care of yourself and the people around you first. If you decide to seek the help of a Florida automobile accident attorney later, these tips will aid you on your way.

Don’t panic.

A car accident can be overwhelming and traumatic, even without physical injury. It strikes at a fundamental sense of safety, but it’s important to stay as calm as you can. You cannot help yourself or anyone else if you panic. Get yourself and any passengers to a safe place nearby, use deep breathing, and do not leave the scene of the accident—even if it’s minor.

Assess and record damages.

This applies not only to physical injuries, but damage to your vehicle too. Examine the damage to your car and any other cars, and take pictures if you can. If you can safely help others that might be injured, do so, but call for help if the injuries are serious. You will want to call 911, even if there are no serious injuries, and they will help decide whether to send police or an ambulance.

Get insurance information.

It is critical that you gather insurance information from any other drivers involved. You will need these details if you want to make a claim for damages later. This is not the time to confront any other drivers. It is, however, a good time to observe the other driver, for example, if you think alcohol might be involved. Take a moment to write down any details you can remember, because that is the moment when they will be freshest in your mind. This is especially true if the accident was a hit and run.

File a police report.

You will need documentation of the accident, and the best way to do this is to have the police do it for you. For most serious accidents, police will examine the scene and take statements from the people involved. Even for minor fender benders, it is important to file a police report to document that the accident occured, and the parties involved.

Let your insurance company know.

Most insurance policies require that you inform them of any accident as soon as possible. Failure to report the accident might result in you losing important benefits you may be able to recover. Additionally, reporting the accident timely will allow the insurance company to properly investigate the accident.

Connect with an experienced car accident attorney.

Working with a seasoned car accident attorney is the best way to protect your legal rights and recover maximum compensation after your accident. The caring and relentless attorneys at Goldman & Daszkal will help guide you through each step of the recovery process—and ensure you make the right decisions along the way.

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