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Understanding What You Should You Do if You Experience a Car Accident


Sadly, a car accident can change your life in an instant. Being involved in a car accident is never a pleasant experience, especially if the crash occurred because of someone else’s negligent driving. After a car crash, you are likely to be suffering in a variety of ways, the most obvious of which is physical. Car accident victims can suffer from catastrophic and debilitating injuries when they have been involved in a crash with another vehicle. And in addition to dealing with the pain of these physical injuries, accident victims often also have to figure out the financial strain of medical expenses and property damage while concurrently battling the mental stress of going through a traumatic experience.

Accident victims should obtain the help of a competent legal team as quickly as possible after being injured such as the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm.

How Often Do Accidents Occur?

Car accidents are bound to happen. Unfortunately, statistics indicate that car accidents occur frequently here in the state of Florida. According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, there are more than 395,000 car accidents in Florida annually. This staggering number equates to about 1000 accidents every single day.

What Should You Do if You Experience a Car Accident?

At the scene of the accident:

  • Do not admit fault.
  • Call 9-1-1 and report the accident.
  • Stay on the scene of the accident until authorities arrive.
  • Decline any on the spot cash settlement offers.
  • Obtain needed emergency medical treatment from first responders.
  • Write down the name and contact information of any witnesses on the scene.
  • Use your smartphone to take pictures and record video of the location of the accident as well as the surrounding area.

After the accident:

  • Write down your account of what happened. Make sure that you record your recollection of the accident as soon as you get home. The longer you wait, the better the chances of you forgetting important details that may become critical to an injured victim’s personal injury claim.
  • Continue needed mental health treatment. Even if you begin to feel better, continue to obtain treatment until your medical providers advise you to stop.
  • Contact an experienced personal injury attorney. You have every right to seek compensation under Florida law and seek out experienced legal help.

Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in an Accident?

Then fortunately, we can help. A sudden and unexpected car accident can, unfortunately, have an impact not just on the people in the involved vehicles but also, on other drivers and pedestrians on the road. Whether you are a resident of South Florida or were simply passing through during a vacation when you were injured, you will need competent legal help to fight for you while you focus on recovering. Contact the experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm today and we will help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.

The Pendas Law Firm also represents clients in the Miami, Ocala, Tampa, Bradenton, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Orlando and Daytona Beach areas.


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