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What should you do when you have been in a car accident?

On Behalf of | May 11, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

As one of the most populous states in the country, Florida sees its fair share of car accidents. For the most part, car accidents that occur in Florida are so-called “fender benders.” However, an unfortunately high number of car accidents can also be quite serious, leading to severe injuries for the drivers and passengers involved. So, what should Florida residents do when they have been in a car accident?

Well, for starters, it is important for all parties involved to stay at the scene of the crash. In most cases, law enforcement officials will be dispatched to document the crash and gather details of how the crash occurred. Nothing can make a car accident worse than when one of the parties involved leaves the scene, thereby potentially turning the incident into a hit-and-run.

Next, if anyone is injured in the crash, medical emergency responders should be called to the scene in addition to law enforcement officials. However, those at the scene should be careful not to do anything that makes the medical condition of an injured person worse, even if they are just trying to help.

Lastly, it is important to do some information gathering at the scene of the crash. The drivers involved should exchange contact and insurance information, and photos of the accident scene, the vehicles involved and any injuries can also become useful later on if a personal injury lawsuit becomes necessary. There may also be witnesses to the crash, so getting a brief account of what they saw as well as their contact information may also be important for any personal injury lawsuit that arises in the aftermath of the car accident.