Everything You Need to Know About Filing a Car Accident Claim in Florida

Everything You Need to Know About Filing a Car Accident Claim in Florida

If you have been injured in a car accident due to no fault of your own, you are likely eligible to recover financial compensation in a personal injury claim. To learn more about the steps you can take to increase your chances of filing a successful claim, continue reading. For assistance with your upcoming claim, do not hesitate to contact our Hillsborough County auto accident lawyer.

What are the most common causes of car accidents in Florida?

The most common causes of car accidents are typically forms of human error and negligence. The most common negligent driving behaviors that result in accidents behind the wheel are as follows:

  • Driving while under the influence
  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield
  • Distracted driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Disregarding road signs
  • Using a mobile device while driving

What steps should I take after being injured in a car accident?

It is best to have a plan if you have been injured in a car accident. Consider taking the following steps to protect yourself and to set yourself up for a successful future claim:

  1. Alert the authorities. The police will bring medical attention to the scene.  They will also conduct a police report.
  2. While you wait for the ambulance, if you can, collect any witnesses’ contact information.
  3. Take photos of the scene of the accident including any vehicle and property damage. Also, photograph your injuries.
  4. Collect the other party’s insurance information. During this conversation, it is best to avoid admitting any fault. Keep the conversation short and polite.
  5. Once the ambulance arrives, seek immediate medical treatment.
  6. Collect all relevant medical documentation stating the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
  7. Retain the services of a dedicated Tampa personal injury lawyer who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you deserve. An attorney can also collect further evidence to support your claim such as surveillance footage of your accident as it happened.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury car accident claims in Florida?

In Florida, the statute of limitations is four years for personal injury claims. This means that you will have four years from the date of your accident to bring attention to your personal injury claim. Failure to file your claim within this timeframe may result in you being permanently time-barred from suing. To avoid this and to get started as soon as possible, give our firm a call today. The sooner you can bring attention to your claim, the better. Contact our legal team today to schedule your initial consultation. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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