No one anticipates a collision, but with approximately 645 traffic accidents
occurring every day in Florida, there are steps every driver should take
to prepare themselves in the event that statistics catch up with them.
Roman & Gaynor has provided a helpful checklist for people who have
just been involved in a traffic collision:
Move over to the shoulder. If possible, move your vehicle out of the way of traffic to avoid additional
Administer emergency care. Everyone involved in an accident is required by law to remain at the scene
and administer care if needed until emergency medical services can arrive.
Exchange information. Be sure to exchange information with everyone involved in the accident.
Ask for information such as the driver's name and phone number, as
well as the name of their insurance company.
Avoid admitting fault. Be careful what you say at the scene of the accident. Admitting fault to
the other driver or law enforcement could have a significant impact on
the outcome of your case and the amount of your settlement.
Take pictures and document the scene. Your recollection of what happened will fade quicker than you think. As
soon as you can after the accident, take pictures and write down the details
of what happened so you have the information you need to file your claim.
Seek medical attention. If you are not transported to the hospital after the accident, it may be
a good idea to go on your own and receive a physical evaluation. Often,
victims don't feel the impact of their injuries until 1-3 days after
the accident. Receiving a medical evaluation is also a way to document
your injuries and provide medical evidence of your injuries.
Do not speak with insurance carrier without legal counsel. Recorded statements are often requested. It is best to first consult with
an attorney and have him/her present for any insurance company statements.
Unfortunately, even when claimants take all the necessary steps after an
accident, they may not receive the outcome they deserve. Insurance companies
notoriously offer less money to claimants, leaving victims scraping by
to cover the cost of accident-related expenses. The attorneys at Roman
& Gaynor are dedicated to helping people in these types of situations
get the money they deserve so they can begin rebuilding their lives after a