According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, as of August 18, 2014, there were 200,687 crashes in the State of Florida this year, with over 132,475 injuries and 1,445 fatalities. This equals over 872 automobile crashes per day!
Here are some tips on what to do if you are in a car accident in Tampa, and how to best prepare:
- Call the proper authorities and never leave the scene of an accident;
- Collect proper information on other driver, including their name, phone number, and the year, make and model of their vehicle. Remember to also collect witness information;
- If someone is seriously injured and cannot be moved, do not touch them; let the EMS help. If you are injured, go to the emergency room if recommended by the paramedics;
- Take pictures of the accident scene and the vehicles, prior to moving the cars, if you can do so quickly and safely.
- Remove vehicles from roadways as soon as possible to prevent other accidents from occurring.
Before an accident occurs, know your insurance limits! How much Personal Injury Protection (PIP) do you have? How much is your Bodily injury (or BI) coverage? Do you have uninsured motorist coverage (UM)? If the other party has no BI coverage, you will need to have UM coverage if you sustained an injury, or you will be limited to your PIP benefits for payment of medical bills. If there is no BI or UM coverage, you may not be able to recover damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages you are entitled to under Florida Law (assuming you sustained a permanent injury).
Remember that in Florida you only have 14 days to seek medical attention after an accident, or you may be forfeiting your PIP benefits under your policy. Seek medical care immediately so that you don’t forfeit benefits. Call Marielis Law- Injury Attorney, to request a free consultation at 813-928-8833.