After an auto accident in Florida, knowing what steps to take to protect yourself legally and ensure your safety is crucial. Here are seven things you should avoid doing after an auto accident in Florida:

Failing to Document the Scene

Photograph the accident scene, including the vehicles involved, visible injuries, and relevant road conditions. Additionally, contact information must be gathered from witnesses who can provide statements about what they saw.

Admitting Fault

Avoid admitting fault or apologizing at the accident scene. Fault admissions can be used against you in insurance claims or legal proceedings. Instead, stick to exchanging necessary information and cooperating with law enforcement.

Discussing the Accident on Social Media

Do not discuss the accident or share details on social media platforms. Anything you post could be used against you by insurance companies or in legal proceedings. It's best to refrain from posting about the accident until the matter is resolved.

Speaking To The Other Driver’s Insurance Company Without A Lawyer

Don’t speak to the other driver’s insurance company without consulting a personal injury lawyer if possible. The insurance company is not your friend, even if they act like it.

Don’t Sign Anything Without Talking to a Personal Injury Lawyer First

If you are asked to sign something after an accident, understand what you’re signing first. It could be a waiver of your rights or an agreement to a low settlement offer.

Delay Seeking Medical Attention

Even if you feel fine immediately after the accident, seeking medical attention as soon as possible is essential. Some injuries may not manifest symptoms immediately, and documenting your medical condition promptly is crucial for insurance claims. Delaying medical attention may also be detrimental to your health.

Not Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

One of the biggest mistakes a person can make after getting into an auto accident that has caused injury to yourself or others is not to contact a personal injury attorney. Car accident victims rarely fully understand the complexities of the claims process, which necessarily involves documentation of damages and injuries. Part of denying claims is claiming injuries are not related to the car accident, are not adequately documented, or are a “preexisting condition.” Insurance companies love to snoop around in medical records, trying to find anything and everything in your past medical history to avoid paying legitimate claims possibly.

Have You Been Injured In A Florida Car Accident? Williams Law, P.A. Is Here To Help

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, speak with an experienced Florida car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please get in touch with us online or call our Florida law office at 800.451.6786 to schedule your free consultation. We help Florida residents like you who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, or other accident resulting in an injury. Remember, we work on a contingent basis, meaning you don't pay us anything until we win your case. 

K.C. Williams III
Managing Partner who has spent his entire career representing Florida insurance and personal injury claims.
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