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Steps to take after a car accident

As a relatively new driver, the risks of being involved in a car accident are very high. This isn’t because you are a bad driver. It is simply due to a lack of experience. It takes years of driving to become truly comfortable behind the wheel.

From bad weather to drunk drivers, there are dangers on the road at all times. These days, the most common hazard is the distracted driver. A motorist that is doing any other activity while driving is considered distracted. This includes eating, texting, shaving, and the occasional person that decides to read the paper.

Since you are still in your first year of being a licensed driver, you may not be experienced enough to recognize when another driver poses a danger on the road. Even drivers with years of experience can become victims of distracted or reckless driving. It is important that car accidents victims understand their rights and options by contacting a local Florida lawyer.

Since we never know when we are going to be involved in a car wreck, we should be prepared for that eventuality. Read below for tips on what to do if you are involved in a car accident.

After the wreck

After you have been in an accident, the first thing you should do is to come to a stop. If possible, pull your car out of the way of traffic. If you leave your vehicle in the way of other motorists, another motorist might hit you or your car. If you can’t move your car, stand out of the way and call for a tow truck.

If someone has been injured, even if it is the other driver that caused the wreck, you must take steps to get medical help. You must also stay at the scene until the police or medics arrive.

Be prepared to exchange information with the other driver. This includes phone number, address, driver’s license number, and insurance information. Also provide this information to the police officers that arrive.

The police officer that arrives on the scene should complete a crash report. If he or she does not, you may need to file one on your own with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. This must be done within 10 days of the accident.

Florida law requires that you follow these procedures when you are involved in a car wreck. If you fail to render aid, leave the scene, or violate any other of these steps you could be subjected to license revocation, criminal charges, and other penalties.

Finally, contact your insurance company. Have the other driver’s information on hand when you do this and be prepared to give your version of the accident.

The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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