Frequently Asked Questions about Car Accidents
Being involved in a car accident can shatter your sense of normalcy and create chaos in your life for a while. You may be dealing with a hospital stay or visits to the doctor for your injuries, dealing with the property damage to your vehicle, and worrying about all the time you are losing from work.
At Yeboah Law Group, our Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys are here to make sure that you receive the compensation you need when you have been injured due to the negligent actions of another driver.
We want to share the answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked by new clients, to help you feel better informed about what to do after you have been involved in a car accident. Here are just a few of the questions that almost everyone asks.
Q: What is the first thing to do if I am involved in a car accident?
A: Take a breath and try to remain calm although this might be a frightening situation. First, remain at the scene of the accident and seek medical attention if you need it. If you can, find out if the other people involved in the crash need help or medical assistance. After you have attended to any medical needs, you will assess the damage to your vehicle and gather information about the other drivers involved in the collision. Do not say anything to anyone about who was at fault in the crash, do not sign anything or speak to an insurance claims adjuster after the crash if you have suffered a serious injury until you speak to your car accident lawyer.
Q: What kind of evidence do I need to collect at the scene of the accident?
A: It is vital that you collect as much evidence as you can as to what caused the accident, the extent of your injuries and the property damage. You can take pictures or video of the scene and your injuries if you can do so safely. Are there any skid marks on the pavement? Take a picture of it. Are there people around who saw the accident who would be willing to give you a witness statement? Get their contact information.
Q: Do I need to call the police after a car accident in Florida?
A: You must call the police immediately if there is bodily injury after a car accident, and if the property damage appears to be $500 or more. The law enforcement officer will create an accident report which you can get a copy of later for your records.
Q: Am I required to report a car accident?
A: If there are any injuries or property damage, you must call the police. If the police do not come to the accident scene or file a report, you have ten days from the date of the accident to file a crash report with the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles. You must also inform your insurance company of the crash.
If you hit an unoccupied, parked car you are obligated to try to find the owner(s) of the vehicle, let them know about the accident, and give them your contact information and the name and policy number of your auto insurance. If you are unable to find the vehicle’s owner, write your information down on a piece of paper and slip it under the windshield wiper. Failure to do so could result in you facing hit-and-run charges.
Q: What information do I need to collect from the other driver involved in the crash?
A: You will need to collect the other driver’s contact information: name, address, phone and email address, the make and model of the vehicle, license plate number and driver’s license number. You will also need the name and policy number of his/her car insurance company.
Q: What happens if the other driver does not have car insurance?
A: Florida law requires motorists to carry PIP/PDL (personal injury protection and property damage liability) insurance. If you are involved in a traffic crash with a driver who does not have car insurance, and you have uninsured/ underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage included in your policy, your medical expenses and injury related damages damage should be covered. If you have difficulties with your insurer denying a UIM claim, a Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney from Yeboah Law Group can make sure that you receive the compensation you are owed according to your policy.
Q: When do I need to talk to a car accident lawyer?
A: If you sustained a serious injury that required a hospital stay and surgery which caused you to lose time at work, you will want to contact an experienced car accident attorney from Yeboah Law Group who will help you to prepare an accident claim and make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve after your injury. Do not sign anything, make any statements or admit to anything until you have been able to consult with an attorney who will investigate the crash, review the police reports and any other available evidence to determine who is at fault in the crash. We will hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence and you will not pay any attorney fees until we have recovered compensation for you.
Accidents involving Uber or Lyft drivers
If you were a passenger in a Lyft or Uber vehicle that was involved in a crash, you can make a claim for damages. Both Uber and Lyft carry policies worth up to a million dollars, though how much you are entitled to recover will be determined by your specific case. If you were driving another vehicle and were hit by an Uber or Lyft driver, we can help you make a claim for compensation, too.
All advocates are not created equal
Once you’ve realized or decided to request assistance from a car accident attorney, there are still some issues to take into consideration. You don’t want some slick ambulance chaser who is only working with you in order to profit, regardless of whether he or she is actually providing you with assistance. Upfront you should ask or be informed about the attorney’s payment system. A reputable, reliable lawyer will work on a contingency basis, first evaluating your situation for no cost, before deciding whether your case is appropriate for their office. Will you have to pay, even if you don’t receive a settlement or go to trial? These types of predatory legal practices continue to deceive the vulnerable, so it’s imperative that you ask questions if you are able, or look to a family member or friend for aid in the process of selecting the right injury lawyer in South Florida for your needs.
The car accident lawyers South Florida residents and visitors can trust
Dealing with the effects of a crash can be hard; choosing the right lawyer for your needs shouldn’t be. Our Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorneys have the skills, resources and experiences to help you when you’re suffering. Call us at 954-764-2338 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We also have convenient locations in Miami, Boca Raton & Key West to make sure we can best access all South Floridians.
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