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What should Floridians do after car accidents?

Cars and other Florida automobiles are an essential mode of transportation for many Floridians. There are also many other Florida vehicles that are used for business, such as semi-trucks, cabs, delivery trucks and vehicles for many other services. This means that Florida roads are very busy every day. Since humans are the drivers of these vehicles, there are bound to be mistakes made by some of them.

These mistakes often lead to car accidents. These accidents vary significantly in both the severity, as well as how they occurred. Given this fact, there are a few steps that people should follow after being involved in a car accident.

First is to make sure that everyone is fine or figure out whether someone involved will need medical attention. It is also important to call law enforcement no matter how serious the accident may seem at first glance.

Law enforcement will come and provide an accident report. This is important for determining fault and ultimately who will be compensated for damages and injuries. The responding officer can also assist in obtaining insurance information for everyone involved.

The information gathered by law enforcement along with the driver's own recollection of the accident should be reported to his or her insurance company as soon as possible. The insurance company can then begin its investigation as well as deal with the other driver's insurance company. It may also not be wise to try and negotiate a settlement with the other driver at the scene of the accident. The full extent of the damages and injuries may not be known immediately and the offer may not fully compensate the victim.

Most drivers in Florida have been in a car accident or at least know someone who has been in one. They can be very difficult situations that take time to resolve. Nonetheless, there are certain steps that one should take immediately following an accident to help ensure full recovery. Experienced attorneys understand the process of claims after an accident and may be able to help make one whole again.

Source: FLhsmv.gov, "Vehicle Insurance Questions and Answers," accessed on Oct. 5, 2015

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