What to Do After a Minor Car Accident in Florida

What to Do After a Car Accident in Florida

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Knowing what to do after a car accident in Florida can help set your lawsuit up for success.
By Osborne & Francis
May 7, 2024

5 Steps to Follow After a Florida Car Accident

A car accident attorney can explain your rights and legal options following a car accident.

In the aftermath of a car accident, the physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. Amidst the chaos and confusion, knowing what steps to take and who to turn to for help can be daunting. An experienced car accident attorney can provide a sense of direction and clarity during a time of uncertainty. 

An attorney will have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the legal process, ensuring that you understand your rights every step of the way. From explaining insurance claims to pursuing compensation through litigation if necessary, an attorney can handle the complexities of your case while you focus on recovering from your injuries.

An attorney can also provide invaluable support and resources to help you cope with the aftermath of the accident. They can connect you with medical providers, rehabilitation services, and other professionals to aid in your recovery process. Additionally, they can offer guidance on accessing benefits such as disability insurance or workers' compensation. 

Hiring a car accident attorney is not just about seeking financial compensation — it is about gaining a trusted ally who can help you navigate the challenges of recovery. By having a knowledgeable and experienced advocate on your side, you can have peace of mind knowing that you're not alone in facing the aftermath of a car accident. 

The car accident lawyers at Osborne & Francis are dedicated to you and your legal matter. We have years of experience in advocating for car accident victims and their families. Contact Osborne & Francis online or by calling us at (561) 293-2600. When you are ready, we can help you begin the legal process.

What to Do After a Minor Car Accident in Florida

After a car accident, there are several steps that you can take to ensure that you set up your case for success: 

  1. Call 911: First and foremost, check yourself and your passengers for any injuries. Your health is very important. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately for medical assistance. Even if you don't think you are seriously injured, seek medical attention promptly. Some injuries, such as whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, or internal injuries, may not be immediately apparent but could worsen over time.
  1. Move to a safe location: If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road or a safe location to avoid blocking traffic. This can help reduce the risk of more injury or other accidents like multi-car pile-ups or rear-end accidents
  1. Gather evidence: Take photos of the accident scene, including the vehicles involved, any visible damage, road conditions, traffic signs, and nearby landmarks. This documentation can be valuable evidence later on. Gathering evidence as soon as possible can help your lawyer begin to build a successful case on your behalf. 
  1. Report to the police and your insurance company: In Florida, you are required to report any car accident that results in injury, death, or property damage exceeding $500. Even for minor accidents, you should call the police as soon as possible and file a report. This can help with insurance claims and legal proceedings.
  1. Consider legal action: If you are unsure about your rights or responsibilities, or if you encounter difficulties with insurance claims, consider consulting with a personal injury attorney. They can provide guidance and representation to help protect your interests.

Even in minor car accidents, it is very important to take these steps to ensure your safety, protect your legal rights, and resolve any insurance claims or legal issues that may arise. An attorney can be instrumental in helping protect you and your legal rights after a car accident. 

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, it is very important to consult with a qualified personal injury attorney. An attorney can help you understand the legal process and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

When you are ready to consider a lawsuit, contact a Florida car accident attorney from Osborne & Francis online or by calling our office at (561) 293-2600. Our dedicated team of lawyers is standing by to help you begin the legal process.

Financial Compensation Available in a Car Accident Lawsuit

Florida is home to some of the most dangerous roads in the United States including Interstate 4, Interstate 95, and Route 1. Car and truck accidents frequently occur along these roadways. Car accidents can cause serious physical and emotional damage. A lawsuit can help you financially recover after an accident. 

Financial compensation available in a lawsuit may include: 

Reimbursement for medical expenses: Injuries sustained in a car accident can be severe. You may need ongoing medical treatments or rehabilitation to fully heal from your injuries. A lawsuit for financial compensation can help you recover the money you need to pay your medical bills. 

Compensation for pain and suffering: Car accidents can cause substantial physical pain and emotional distress. An attorney can help you file a lawsuit and help you financially recover for the mental anguish you may have experienced as a result of the accident and subsequent injuries.

Lost income and loss of future income: If your injuries have changed your ability to work, financial compensation for lost income or lost wages may be available to you. If your injuries are severe enough that you no longer have the ability to work or work in the same capacity as before the accident, loss of future income may be available to you. 

Property damage: Your vehicle and personal property may have been damaged or destroyed in the motor vehicle accident. A lawsuit can help you pay for the replacement or repair of your property. 

Punitive awards: Punitive awards may be given in cases where the defendant's actions were found to be especially reckless or intentional. Punitive awards are not given in every case. An attorney can help advocate for you in situations where punitive awards may be available.

Calculating financial compensation or a potential settlement in a car accident lawsuit involves assessing the specific circumstances of the case. Your attorney will calculate the proper amount of financial compensation you can sue for by considering the severity of your injuries, the impact on your life, and any future medical or financial needs.

It is very important for injured parties to work with experienced personal injury attorneys who can accurately evaluate their damages and advocate for fair compensation through negotiation or litigation.

How Long to File a Claim After a Car Accident in Florida

The statute of limitations refers to the window of time during which you can file a lawsuit for financial compensation. Florida has several different statutes of limitations that may apply in car accident lawsuits. 

It is very important to consult with an attorney before beginning any type of legal action. Your attorney can make sure that you are properly filing your lawsuit in the state of Florida. Lawsuits filed over injuries suffered in a car accident must be brought within two years of the crash

Florida's statute of limitations provides clear deadlines for initiating legal action following a car accident. However, it is important to note that there are some exceptions to these timelines. Understanding the statute of limitations may be confusing or challenging. It is best to consult with an attorney who can help determine if your case falls under any of the exceptions allowable by law. 

Contact an Experienced Florida Car Accident Attorney 

The aftermath of a car accident can be confusing and stressful. The dedicated attorneys at Osborne and Francis can help you protect your rights after a car accident in Florida. If necessary, we can also help you file a lawsuit for the compensation you are legally entitled to. We have won many victories for our clients including a $7.5 million dollar award for an individual injured in a truck accident. 

Our team is standing by to fight for you and your right to compensation. Contact your Florida car accident attorneys from Osborne & Francis online or by calling our team at (561) 293-2600. Reach out to us today to learn more about car accident lawsuits and how they can benefit you and your family. 

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