First Steps to Take Immediately After an Accident

At the Injury Legal Center for Tampa Bay, Florida, we help people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents to obtain compensation for their losses. We have many years of experience. We have helped thousands of people in the state of Florida. We have focused almost solely on personal injury cases involving cars and other vehicles for the majority of that time. Take action to protect your legal rights and call or contact us for a free consultation today.  We have convenient locations to serve you throughout Tampa Bay Florida.

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Although every situation is different, some of the most important first steps to take after an accident include:

  • 1.  CALL THE COPS | Make sure the police are called and make sure you don’t leave the scene until they arrive. Always err on the side of caution. Leaving the scene of an accident can impair your right to sue the at-fault driver and may even result in criminal charges or driver’s license sanctions.
  • 2.  SEE A DOCTOR | Seek medical attention even if you feel fine. The personal injury protection (PIP) coverage you are required to carry under Florida’s no-fault laws means that you will be able to claim reimbursement for medical expenses even if you caused the accident. If you don’t seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you’re sure you don’t need it — expect an argument that your injuries were not related to the accident.  See our blog on Florida’s PIP law changes and why you need to go to a doctor in 14 days even if you don’t feel injured.
  • 3.  DON’T TALK | Saying no more than you have to. Even if you think you are at fault, do not ever, ever ever (never ever) admit liability. Also, do not make statements to anybody at the accident scene, except for the police. When you speak to the police, tell them only the facts and let the officers draw their own conclusions. For instance, instead of the phrase “I crashed into the person in front of me” you might want to say “these two vehicles collided.”  Last, promptly call your own insurance company and tell them you were involved in an accident but leave it at that for now.  Some insurance companies will send people to the scene of the accident.  Some unscrupulous attorneys will even send “runners” to the scene – please let us know or The Florida Bar if this occurs because this is unethical behavior and should be admonished.
  • 4.  GET INFO | Obtaining important information, if possible. The cops should fill out a report including all of the participants’ information.  This includes: the other driver’s name, address, license number, insurance information and license plate number; the names and contact information of any witnesses; the names of any officers at the scene and the “incident number” of the accident report; photographs (if you happen to have a cell phone or camera).
  • 5.  SEEK LEGAL COUNSEL | Talking to an attorney about the accident and your legal rights and options.


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