Car accidents, also referred to a “traffic collision,” or motor vehicle accident,” occurs when a motor vehicle strikes or collides with another vehicle, a stationary object, a pedestrian, or an animal. While some car accidents result only in property damage, others result in severe injuries or death.
According to the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data which was collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calendar year 2015. Accidents, major or minor are scary, stressful, and life-changing. There are myriad forms which need to be completed including accident reports, insurance forms, medical bill payment request forms, workers’ compensation forms, if applicable. Our attorneys at Anthony Smith Law are experienced in the litigation process for car accidents. We are client-centered providing personalized representation to our clients. We are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients while maintaining our high standards and professionalism. If you are involved in a car accident, be sure to:
Stay at the Scene: Never leave the accident scene until is appropriate to do so. You do not want to complicate the situation any further by potentially being accused of being a hit-and-run driver.
Check on all Drivers and Passengers: Make sure everyone is okay. Things are replaceable. Human life is not! Get medical attention for anyone who needs it by calling 911 and do not attempt to move an injured person unless a hazard requires moving the person.
Exchange Information: Get the names, numbers, addresses, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers, and basic insurance information from all drivers/parties involved. Stay calm. Too much information given at this time may have adverse effects on you later.
Take Pictures: Take pictures of any damage to your vehicle and surroundings as soon as possible after the accident. Be sure to include any existing road hazards. This information is in addition to any police report.
Our empathetic team of attorneys is knowledgeable about Florida’s No- Fault Insurance Law and are experienced in litigating cases and dealing with unforeseen issues which may arise in complicated cases. Contact us before accepting any insurance settlement proposals.