Being involved in a car crash is a scary experience that can have lasting consequences. If you are in an accident in Florida, there are some important things to keep in mind to ensure that you can fully recover any damages that may be owed to you. At Frank P. Bianco, P.A., we often provide legal assistance to people who have been injured in a crash.
When you are involved in an accident, you should always insist on reporting it to law enforcement, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. You should make sure that the officer records full insurance information from you and the other parties involved in the crash report. You can then provide this report to the Bureau of Motorist Compliance. The Bureau is responsible for making sure all individuals involved in a collision have the required insurance coverage. It can provide you with the other person’s insurance information if needed.
You should avoid meeting with the other party or engaging in any negotiations without representation. It is common for insurance companies to want to settle, but you should only work with your insurance company to avoid being liable for any money paid to you by another insurance company. You also may be able to file a lawsuit if you were not the at-fault party in the accident, which could help you to obtain more coverage for your injuries, loss of wages, damage to your vehicle and any other expenses or results of the accident. To learn more, visit our page on car accidents.