There are fifteen million drivers on the road at any given time in the state of Florida. That's an astounding number, and with that many cars on the road it is no surprise that a quarter of a million (250,000) auto accidents take place every year.While we all are aware that accidents happen, when one happens to you, it is scary and confusing. You don't know what to do next or where to go. Insurance companies and the person at fault may pressure you to sign away your rights and nobody wants to protect you. Read on to educate yourself on the basics of Florida auto accident laws, and get in touch with a personal injury attorney to handle your case today.
When you are in in an accident the first thing you need to do is try to stay calm and take stock of any and all damages and injuries as soon as possible. If you are not seriously injured, try to get contact information from witnesses and take photos of the scene. In Florida, reporting an accident to the police is mandatory pursuant to section 316.061, Florida Statutes.
Get your vehicles off the road, call any help needed and exchange information with the other driver. Then, right away, get checked by a doctor. Do this even if you do not feel injured at the time. Keep detailed records of every step you take. Above all, never apologize for anything to the other party at the scene.
Liability in Florida
Negligence is a primary factor in determining fault under Florida auto accident laws. Every driver on the road has a duty of care to protect other drivers, people and property. Failing to act with reasonable care is the core of any personal injury case. In Florida, comparative negligence is the concept used to determine liability. Each person in an accident is considered liable to the degree at which he or she is deemed negligent.
Florida Auto Accident Law
Determining fault following the submission of an insurance claim is often begun by the claims adjuster of the insurance company involved. In some cases, fault is very clear, but in many, it's a bit greyer and the courts may need to get involved. There are many factors that can come into play in determining negligence. These include:
- Witness statements
- Police reports
- Photographic evidence
- Medical records
- Forensic evidence at the crash site
- Admission of fault by one or another party
Florida Personal Injury Lawyers
Insurance companies are known for using strong-arm and bullying tactics to get people to sign away their rights or agree to lowball settlements. It is vital if you are injured in a car accident to seek the services of a qualified Florida personal injury lawyer. A lawyer will stand in your corner and fight for your rights every step of the way. They will be your best ally in making sure that you get the compensation to which you are entitled, so you can get back on your feet, recover and regain control of your life. For a free evaluation of your case, give us a call today.