Many Florida residents do not know what to do when they are involved in an auto accident. The mishap alone creates apprehension and anxiety in many instances, and it can be even worse when someone is seriously injured. There are some basic steps that those who are mobile should take such as calling 911 and checking other vehicles for injured passengers. But aside from contacting authorities and helping those who may be assisted safely, it is best to remain calm and remember what not to do instead.
Do not forget to take photographs
Cellphone cameras can be very beneficial after being involved in motor vehicle accidents. The time between the collision and when the police arrive is a good opportunity to take photos of the accident scene, including skid marks and any other debris that may be laying around. And remember that they are personal property. Keep them safe and do not share them.
Do not interfere with the investigation
Law enforcement officers investigate all car accidents immediately upon arriving at the scene. They typically will talk to each driver when initially determining what actually transpired. Depending on the time of the accident, reconstruction officers will also evaluate the scene after the fact. Never embellish answers from officers, and do not offer information that is not asked.
Do not admit fault in any fashion
Even though Florida is a no-fault auto accident state regarding initial injury coverage, fault can still play a significant factor when the case is settled because seriously injured victims can still sue negligent drivers. Anything that is admitted at the scene can easily become part of the official record if the case goes to court.
While all accidents do create chaos at the time of occurrence, it is still good to understand what to do. And in many instances, what not to do as well.