How to Handle a Spring Break Car Accident
Groups of college students and young people throughout the country and from all over the world come to Florida for Spring Break around this time every year. Many of those people wouldn’t let anything stop them from seeking out sandy beaches, beautiful water and South Florida’s well-known nightlife. This strong Spring Break culture survived the likes of the 2008 recession, the Zika virus and Hurricane Irma. However, it is now facing a new foe – coronavirus. Thus far, coronavirus has taken its toll on Spring Break as there are reportedly a greater number of cancellations and fewer breakers thus far this season to fill the hotels, restaurants and nightclubs. In addition, Florida’s famous South Beach has been closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Even Walt Disney World has officially closed its doors amid coronavirus concerns.
For many spring breakers who try to salvage their vacation, their time in Florida may be spent commuting from place to place in a car doing activities that avoid large crowds of people as more populated places continue to be closed down. In addition, many spring breakers will drive through the state to head home, especially amid growing concerns with flying. Therefore, you should understand what to do if you happen to find yourself in an accident in the Sunshine State this Spring Break.
What Should You Do if You Experience a Car Accident This Spring Break?
- Call 9-1-1 and do not admit fault. Between the adrenaline and shock from the accident, you probably won’t be thinking clearly at the scene of the accident and it can be easy to mix up facts and think you may have done something you didn’t actually do while driving.
- Never leave the scene. Even if you think the accident is a minor one, don’t drive away from the scene of an accident. In addition to the fact that leaving an accident scene is illegal, it also lessens your credibility for any personal injury claim you later file.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident and the surrounding area. Use your smartphone to take pictures of the scene of the accident including impacted guard rails, tread marks, and any places where you see paint from the vehicles or parts that fell off.
- Record the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses. Make sure that you also write a note for yourself as soon as time allows with details such as what the person is wearing and what he or she witnessed.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. While you can pursue a claim on your own, significantly, your chances of obtaining the compensation that you deserve are always better when you have an experienced legal team on your side.
Reach Out For Help Today.
If you have been injured in Florida as the result of someone else’s negligence while on Spring Break, then you should know that you have a right to pursue the recovery of monetary damages. You may be entitled to compensation that can include pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses. As the experienced Miami personal injury attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm, we have helped many local and non-local injury victims hold the responsible parties accountable. We can help simplify the process of pursuing your claim from another state while striving to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.
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