Car Accident Personal Injury Law Firm Fort Lauderdale

What to do in a Fort Lauderdale car accident

Being involved in a car accident in Fort Lauderdale is almost guaranteed to be a time consuming, frustrating and confusing experience. What you do in the immediate aftermath of an accident will determine how successful you will be if you pursue compensation from the person(s) responsible for the accident. Having represented hundreds of Fort Lauderdale residents involved in car accidents over the years we’ve learned what the most common mistakes are that can affect a client’s ability to succeed in a law suit.

Here is a short list of pointers, do’s and don’ts:

  • Florida is a No-Fault insurance state which means your insurance company has to pay you regardless who is at fault. What that really means is that they want to hold the costs to a minimum and you need good documentation to get everything you are owed.
  • If the accident resulted in long term disability, scarring, disfigurement or death you can pursue the responsible party for compensation.
  • The first thing you want to do after the accident is to determine if you, your passengers or anybody else is injured. If they are call 911 for medical help. If you can identify who is injured note down where they were sitting in which vehicle.
  • Do not admit any guilt and do not accuse anyone of fault. Let the police report determine that.
  • Use your cell phone to get photos of point(s) of impact, glass and skid marks. Try to identify the cars by getting shots that include plates.
  • Exchange DL information and insurance contact information with other driver(s)
  • Cooperate with police but refrain from giving opinions. Stick to the facts.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company but do not give a recorded statement. Give them the information you are required to but nothing more.
  • If the other party’s insurance company contacts you, refer them to your insurance company.
  • Go for a medical checkup even if you don’t think you are hurt. Often it takes several days for injuries to manifest themselves and the closer to the date of the accident that your first medical record is the more credible it becomes.

Lastly contact an experienced personal injury law firm who specializes in car accident lawsuits like Martin, Lister & Alvarez. We will be happy to review your case and let you know what your options are in a complimentary consultation.