What Do You Do If In a Car Accident in Florida?
Written by Shawn Diederich on July 16, 2015
As we all know, accidents happen, close to 250,000 in the state of Florida each year. It is important to know what you should do following a crash.
- STOP: It might seem like something everyone knows, but the amount of people that leave the scene after an accident is staggering.
- If someone is hurt, call 911.
- In addition, give your name, address and vehicle registration number to others involved in the accident.
- If the accident involves injuries or property damage over $500.00, the accident must be reported to the local police department, sheriff or the Florida Highway Patrol.
- Do not block traffic: if your vehicle is blocking traffic, you must move it. Your car should never block traffic in any situation that it can be moved.
- If you receive a citation, you have the right to explain what happened in Court. Do not think that because you were given a ticket by the police officer that you have to automatically pay it. You have the right to take it to Court and let the Judge decide what the penalty should be, if any.
- Report the accident to your Insurance Company.
If you have any questions or do not feel comfortable talking to the insurance adjuster, call our office 24/7 or fill out our online form. We will be there for you.