The summer months can be a particularly dangerous time to be on the roads in Central Florida. Due to the increased number of tourists and teen drivers, along with road construction on I-4, the risk of being involved in an Orlando auto accident go way up during the summer months.
Many times, the steps you take immediately following the accident can be a make or break to the outcome of your case. Below are some of the most common mistakes accident victims make following a car crash.
- Not calling the police. Sometimes after a car accident, the parties involved will elect to handle the damages out of pocket instead of involving the police or insurance companies. There are two problems with this. First, in many states, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident without reporting it. This can result in fines and possible jail time. Second, a police report documents exactly what happened and can be useful if you decide to file a claim. Without this, you may find yourself on the hook for damages, particularly if the other party claims injury/damages later and hires an attorney.
- Failing to seek medical attention. Many people believe they are okay following an accident, particularly if it was just a fender bender. Car accident injuries, such as whiplash, can take several days to emerge. It is important to seek medical care immediately following the accident, so that your injuries can be documented, and you do not encounter problems with the insurance company later. The longer you wait to seek medical treatment, the more difficult it will be to tie your injuries to the accident. This is particularly important in the State of Florida, as injured accident victims have only 14 days to seek medical care after a motor vehicle accident, or they risk being denied Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits from their own insurance company.
- Taking unnecessary blame. Even if you believe you were at fault for the accident, you should never admit fault to the police, the other driver or any witnesses following the accident.
- Arguing with the other driver. Stay calm following the accident and wait for the police to arrive at the scene. Getting in a confrontation with the other driver can lead to additional problems.
- Not taking pictures. This is a very important part of capturing evidence, which can greatly affect the outcome of your claim. Today, cell phone cameras make it easy to capture this evidence. Take photos not only of your vehicle, but the other vehicle as well, along with the position of the vehicles at the time of the accident.
- Not documenting weather conditions. You should make notes about the accident as soon as possible, so relevant details are not left out. Important things to note are weather conditions, road conditions and time of day.
- Not following medical advice. Make sure you follow the doctor’s orders when it comes to your treatment plan. Insurance companies are quick to deny claims for non-compliance.
- Posting information about your accident on social media sites. Avoid sharing details about your car accident on social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Insurance companies thoroughly research these sites for information on people making claims. You do not want to state anything on these sites that can, and will, be used against you when making your accident claim. Do not think your privacy settings will protect you when it comes to this.
- Signing waivers and giving written or oral statements. To avoid giving insurance payouts, some insurance companies will send agents into the hospital rooms of injured persons and take statements about what happened in the car accident. Do not sign anything or give any statements without your attorney present.
- Not contacting an experienced Orlando auto accident attorney. You should seek legal counsel immediately following a car accident. An experienced Orlando auto accident attorney can guide you through the accident claims process helping you avoid many of these pitfalls.
During the summer months, Florida is a vacation hot spot for thousands of tourists, increasing the likelihood of accidents on the road. Car accidents, truck accidents and pedestrian accidents often occur during this time as a result of drivers’ unfamiliarity with Florida roadways, traffic patterns and unsafe driving behaviors. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident or any other type of accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando Car Accident Attorney immediately. Our experienced team of accident attorneys has helped clients and their families obtain compensation for their injuries and losses in all types of accidents. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website or call us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case at 407-422-4529. Se habla Espanol.