Last week’s multi-vehicle crash on the I-4, which involved a semi tractor-trailer and four other vehicles, injured four drivers and demolished eight sections of concrete barriers, according to WFTV. While there were no deaths and all lanes reopened back to normal that same day, the incident still left drivers assessing damage to their vehicles and injuries they might have incurred.
In the aftermath of a car accident, drivers need to be careful about what they do. Not only are there laws governing what people should and should not do after an accident, but there are also things people should avoid doing that could have a negative impact on a potential lawsuit down the road. Here are five things people should avoid doing in order to be better prepared if they need to hire an attorney to help them obtain compensation for accident-related financial burdens.
Leave the Scene of the Accident
If you are in a single- or multi-vehicle accident, the first thing to do is to stay at the scene of the accident if you can. Drivers who leave the scene after an accident, regardless of who is at fault, can be labelled “hit-and-run drivers.” In Florida, a hit-and-run is considered a felony and the penalties are very severe.
Fail to Collect Crucial Evidence
Photo and video evidence play a huge role in determining whose fault the accident is. Particularly in multi-vehicle accidents, in which determining liability can be a complex and time-consuming process, such evidence can be vital in showing who is at fault.
Make Claims About Whose Fault It Is
While car accident victims, feeling fear or rage immediately after an accident, might feel the need to push the blame onto other drivers, an investigation may reveal an entirely different story. Try not to talk about your involvement or anybody else’s, except with your attorney.
Refuse to Get Medical Attention
A car accident can be extremely jarring and victims may want to resume their normal lives as soon as possible. However, your claim for compensation could be affected if there aren’t any medical records stating your injuries. Visit a doctor or health professional even if you feel fine, hate hospitals, or just want to forget about the accident.
Forget to Contact Your Insurance Company
Car owners in Florida are covered under PIP, or No-Fault insurance, which means that you can receive compensation for your injuries even if you were at fault for the accident. However, in order to actually receive PIP benefits, you have to file a claim with the insurance company. Contact your insurance company with the help of an attorney; he or she can help organize your paperwork and increase your chances of having your claim approved.
If you were injured in a car accident, an experienced car accident attorney may be able to help you recover compensation. Contact Morgan & Morgan for more information by filling out our free case review form.