Staying Safe After a Car Accident
As we all know, car accidents are a part of life and unfortunately, many of them are unavoidable. For example, in 2017 there were over 400,000 car accidents here in the Sunshine State according to Florida’s Department of Highway and Safety Motor Vehicles. And sadly, this staggering number represents a trending increase in the number of accidents over the past few years.
However, in addition to the tragic injuries that can result from car accidents themselves, some of the most tragic stories actually occur after the initial collusion is over. According to the Palm Beach Post, a resident of West Palm Beach incurred fatal injuries in a recent Saturday on Interstate 95 when he was struck by another vehicle after his own was involved in a car accident. The 51-year-old man who perished in the crash apparently overlooked a BMW and collided into it with his 1997 Toyota Tacoma. He then exited his vehicle and was tragically struck by a third vehicle which projected him into his truck bed. He was pronounced dead at Delray Medical Center a short time later.
What Should You Do to Stay Safe After a Car Accident?
- Remain calm. While it is totally understandable for you to be upset following an accident, remaining calm is the best way for you to keep an objective view of what is happening in your surroundings and, therefore, to help you remain safe in light of them.
- Stay in your car. If your car isn’t in any more danger, leave it where it is. This will help keep you safe and also help substantiate your assertions once the police arrive and are trying to determine exactly what happened. However, you should move your car if you’re in the flow of traffic and could be hit again.
- Call 9-1-1. Even if you see witnesses around you, don’t assume that someone else has called 9-1-1. Use your cell phone to call and then attempt to stay on the phone until first responders arrive.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Car Accident?
Regardless of whether you were injured in an initial collision or in one that followed, you should understand that you probably have options to recover deserved compensation under Florida law. Additionally, this is true whether the accident occurred because of the negligence of another driver or you were involved in the accident alone. You should not hesitate to talk to an experienced legal team as quickly as possible to give you the best chance of remembering as many details as possible that can help you be effective in pursuing your claim. The West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm are the legal team that you can depend on for help because we have substantial experience successfully fighting for people who are the victims of car accidents. Contact us for help today.
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