What should I do if I'm injured in an auto accident in Florida?
Knowing what to do immediately after an auto accident in Florida can be overwhelming. You have so many legal issues to worry about, so many questions you need answered. Fortunately, you've come to the right place. For more than 30 years, accident attorney Richard Troutman has fought tirelessly for the rights of car accident injury victims in Orlando and throughout the state. That's why he knows the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Florida auto accidents.
There are so many different ways we can help you after your crash. Get the personalized attention you deserve after your accident. Contact our law firm today. Located in Orlando and serving injury victims throughout Florida, Richard Troutman Law Firm has a well-earned reputation throughout Florida for providing the one-on-one attention accident victims deserve.
- Do I need to be examined by medical personnel at the scene?
- Do the police need to be notified?
- Should I talk to anyone about my accident?
- Do I need to move my car?
- Should I take pictures or notes about the accident?
- Should I schedule an appointment with my doctor after my auto accident?
- Should I call a lawyer if I'm injured in a car accident?
- I'm a tourist who lives out of state. Should I contact an Orlando attorney?
- What if I returned to my home state after getting in an Orlando accident?
- What if I'm from another country and I had a car accident in Orlando?
Q: Do I need to be examined by medical personnel at the scene?
A: Yes. Don't try to evaluate yourself. Have a medical professional come to the scene of your accident to attend to any injuries. Let emergency personnel examine you if you're not sure about the extent of your injury. You may have a serious or even life-threatening injury that is not apparent to you at the time of the crash. Some injuries appear minor at first, but become more serious with time. Others, like whiplash, might not become apparent until days after the incident.
Q: Do the police need to be notified?
A: Yes. You or someone else should call the police immediately after your car accident. A police officer who investigates car accidents must file a written accident report, which will contain vital information such as the point of impact and length of skid marks, which may help determine who was at fault. The report also will include information about the parties involved. This document will likely make your claim stronger and help you obtain financial compensation for your injury accident from the insurance companies. Accident reports are a valuable investigatory resource.
Q: Should I talk to anyone about my accident?
While you may want to talk about what you believe happened, it is important to note that anything you say could be used against you and used to deny your claim after your crash. That's why we strongly recommend not talking about your accident with the other driver or insurance company representatives. Simply refer all questions to your attorney. Otherwise, you could jeopardize the outcome of your case.
Q: Do I need to move my car?
A: While it is better not to move your car after an accident to make the investigation easier, you may have to move the vehicle in some circumstances. If your car is blocking traffic, you must move it, according to Florida law. If you are unable to move the car yourself, you are required to get help or call a tow truck. Your car should never block traffic in any situation. If you have to move your car, we recommend taking photos of the vehicles involved in the wreck before they are moved.
Q: Should I take pictures or notes about the accident?
A: Yes. While police officers will investigate, you can do your part to gather more information, which could prove useful in presenting your. If you have a camera, take pictures at the scene of the accident. Photograph the vehicles (preferably before they are moved) and any skid marks or other evidence you see of the crash. The photos also will show the conditions at the time of the accident. You also can write down as much information about the accident as possible, while it is still fresh in your mind.
Q: Should I schedule an appointment with my doctor after my auto accident?
A: Yes. Even if your injury seems minor, you could develop more serious health problems a few days or weeks after your accident. Internal injuries can be especially dangerous. That's why it's critical you have your doctor or another medical professional evaluate you to make sure you're healthy. Furthermore, you want to see a doctor and continue with follow-up appointments to make your claim strong and compelling. If you don't see a doctor or fail to go to follow up appointments, you are sending a message to the insurance company that your injury is no big deal. You may jeopardize your right to compensation.
Q: Should I call a lawyer if I'm injured in a car accident?
A: Yes! There are so many different ways an attorney can help you if you've been injured in a car accident. That's why we put together an entire page entitled, "How can an auto accident lawyer help me?" Quite simply, an auto accident attorney can look out for your best interests if you've been injured in a car accident. You need someone on your side you can trust and who will make sure you're fairly compensated for your injury. Take back control. Contact us right now. We can help! Call 866-434-5770.
Q: I'm a tourist who lives out of state. Should I contact an Orlando attorney?
A: Yes! You should consult with an experienced Orlando attorney as soon as possible - even before you return home. We have extensive experience representing clients who were visiting the area and involved in accidents. While you might know an attorney you trust from your hometown, you will need someone familiar with the complicated car accident laws of Florida. You will want Richard Troutman on your side.
Q: What if I returned to my home state after getting in an Orlando accident?
A: Talk to us immediately. Call or complete the contact form on this page. Troutman and his team have experience handling Orlando-area car wrecks and getting clients the compensation they need. An attorney from your home state likely will not have knowledge of the laws related to car accident claims in Florida. Our law firm can fight for you in Orlando and seek a resolution to your case, even if you are living hundreds or thousands of miles away.
A: We strongly recommend contacting our law firm immediately, even if you have already returned to your home country. The laws concerning car accidents vary widely from state to state and country to country. That's why it's critical you have us on your side, looking out for your best interests. We understand how Florida's legal system works and we can rigorously represent your best interests with insurance companies and in court. Contact us right now.