What Should I do After a Car Crash?: Parkland Car Accident Lawyer's Advice
Car Accidents are unfortunately extremely common in South Florida, which includes the city of Parkland. In 2020 alone, there were nearly 100 car accidents PER DAY in Broward County (FLHSMV). More than half of these car accidents resulted in injuries.
Being in a car accident in Parkland is not only scary, but of course it can be dangerous. If you were injured in a car accident in Parkland, you’re in the right place. Our experienced car accident attorney has helped many people like you after getting injured in a Parkland car crash.
After any accident, the most important thing to do is to take care of yourself. If you are seriously injured or experience a life threatening injury - call 911 immediately if you’re able.
Even if you are not seriously injured, you should call 9-1-1 to request a police report. Hopefully, the other driver involved stays on the scene; but in the event the other driver tries to - or does - leave the scene of the accident, calling 9-1-1 right away and being on the line with 9-1-1 can give you the opportunity to describe the vehicle and hopefully even relay the license plate of the car to the dispatcher. This way, there is a record of the description and license plate which is very important to your ability to recover damages after an accident that was not your fault.
If safe to do so, take photos at the scene of the car accident. Most importantly, take photos of your car and the other car that was involved. Take pictures (if you can do so safely) of the other driver’s license plate, and the accident scene as it happened so there is evidence of how the collision occurred. Look for any tire marks or debris, and anything else you notice about the crash scene. Take photos of the intersection you’re at, any road signs you see, or anything that helps set the scene. If it’s not safe to take pictures until you’re off to the side of the road, still try to get photos of the damage to your car and the other driver’s car as well as their license plate.
While you wait for the police, jot down some notes of what happened as you remember it. Take the notes in your phone, or even email them to yourself. Write down any places that you’re experiencing pain, and write down if you hit anything in your car - maybe your head hit the steering wheel or even the back of your seat, or your arm hit something, or your glasses fell off your face - these are all things that can help paint a picture of the impact involved in the accident.
Do I Really Need a Police Report after a Parkland Car Accident?
Even if the other driver is cooperative and offers to share their personal and insurance information after the crash, we always recommend calling the police for a police report of the accident.
Calling 9-1-1 immediately after an accident allows you to not only request a police report, but also gives you the chance to connect with a dispatcher in case any medical attention is necessary or to have a record of description of the accident or other vehicle if they leave the scene.
Even if the damage is minor, and even if no one is hurt - you should still call 9-1-1 for a police report after a car accident. Also, you never know if the other driver is sober or might even be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
A police report is very helpful when it comes to dealing with your car insurance company. A police report is the only piece of hard evidence of what actually happened. It can help establish what happened, and who was at fault. Especially if you’re injured, a police report is very important to establishing who was at fault for the accident. Even if you were partially at fault, a police report is still important because you can still recover damages for accidents you were partially at fault for.
Once the police arrive, report any pain - no matter how small - so it will be included in the police report and you can get checked out by a doctor, urgent care or hospital. The police report helps your car insurance and injury attorney determine liability and if you are injured, then you can get compensated from the other person’s bodily injury coverage. The police report will serve as evidence for you later, so you are not stuck paying out of pocket for an injury that is not your fault.
Often, the pain right after a car accident is minor - you might think you’ll be set after a hot shower, maybe some tylenol and an ice pack. Most often, the pain feels worse 1-2 days after the accident.
We recommend seeing a medical professional for an assessment after any car accident - even if you think it “wasn’t that bad,” or maybe your neck is “just sore.”
Note: If you are seriously injured or experience a life-threatening injury, you should go to the hospital in an ambulance immediately. If your injuries are not extremely serious, and not life-threatening, however, in that case we recommend driving yourself, or having someone else drive you, to an urgent care or even the ER. An ambulance ride can be very expensive, and the ER can cost much more than a visit to an urgent care. It’s important to get the level of care that you need, so do not avoid getting the care you need - but if you are able to, think about the level of care you need and respond accordingly. This will help save some of your PIP money or even settlement money for other ongoing treatment you may need.
Getting a prompt diagnosis and treatment plan for your injuries can make all the difference to your road to recovery. Sometimes, you might not even think that you were injured but sometimes pain, stiffness and soreness can take a few days or even weeks to really present themselves.
Seeing a doctor, including chiropractors, and other medical professionals is important after a car crash. In Florida, the law gives you 14 days to see a state-approved doctor for accident-related injuries after a car accident. If you don’t see a doctor within that time frame, your right to get the compensation you need to recover from your accident can be jeopardized.
Even a fender bender can result in injuries such as whiplash, head injuries (including concussions), back injuries, and more. More severe car accidents can result in all of those injuries as well as broken bones, cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, or even wrongful death.
If you experience any soreness after an accident, getting medical attention is important because if you do not treat your accident injuries they can become worse over time and affect you for the rest of your life if your body isn’t allowed to heal properly. For example, even whiplash or a sore neck can lead to problems as you age and cause pain later in your life that if treated by a doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist could have been prevented and set you up for less pain later in life due to proper rehabilitation of your muscles and alignment of your spine and neck.
After seeing a doctor, your next move should be contacting a trusted personal injury lawyer who has experience representing people after car accidents in Parkland.
Car Accidents can involve a damaged or totaled car, medical costs, lost income from any time lost at work, out of pocket costs for any damaged property, physical pain, injuries and emotional suffering. All of these things, including communicating with your car insurance company, can be incredibly stressful and taxing.
A personal injury attorney helps alleviate the burden of logistics after a car accident. We become the point person for your insurance company so you don’t have to worry about keeping up with them, or worry about any questions they might ask, and more. We take that burden for you.
In addition to alleviating some of the logistics, we also fight for you to get everything that you’re legally entitled to and that you deserve after an accident.
If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced Florida car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Coral Springs office directly at 954-755-7803 to schedule your free consultation. We proudly serve Florida residents including all of Parkland, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County and all points in between.
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