Car Accident in Miami? Here’s What You Need to Do
Sometimes it seems like your fellow commuters need a bit of espresso, and other times it's as if their cafecito was too strong.
We understand the challenges of driving around Miami. We’ve also made our way through the traffic jams near the Palmetto or the Turnpike.
With high volume traffic and dense population in certain areas, the chances of being in a vehicle crash in the county are alarmingly high.
A 2017 report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety found that there are 65,677 accidents in Miami-Dade County each year. Every 16 minutes, negligence becomes the cause of a crash-related injury.
The statistics are distressing, but you still have to get to work, drive your family to school, and live your life while trying to deal with all the road rage out there in the best way possible.
What if, despite being a very responsible and careful driver, you find yourself in a wreck? We want to make sure you take all the precautions necessary when driving, and if you find yourself in a serious accident, we can help build your case, deal with insurance companies, and guide you in making informed decisions. Rubenstein Law is experienced in a multitude of practice areas including Truck and Motorcycle Accidents, Company Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, and Uber/Lyft Accidents.
Keep these things in mind in the event of a crash:
1. Ensure your safety and the well-being of those around you:
- Are you and your passengers okay?
- Contact the police and call for an ambulance if necessary.
- Is your car in a safe location? If not, could you safely move it to a better location?
- Check to see if others need help.
2. Be careful what with what you say:
- Do not talk to anyone about the accident other than emergency personnel.
- Never accept blame or fault for the accident. You may be unaware of all factors that contributed to the accident (did a tire blowout, was the driver of the other car texting, etc…).
- Stay calm and avoid escalating the situation by saying the wrong thing.
- Do not talk to the insurance adjuster of the at fault vehicle without talking to an attorney first.
3. While waiting for help to arrive, take note of important information:
- If possible, take pictures of the scene, the cars involved, obstructions, skid marks.
- Collect name, address, driver’s license number, date of birth and insurance information from all other involved drivers.
- Write the name, address, phone and email from all passengers and witnesses at the scene.
- Do any of the witnesses have a dash cam? Ask them to email you footage if it captured the crash.
- Note any surveillance cameras that may have recorded the incident at the scene.
4. Cooperate with police and emergency personnel:
- Confirm the officer writes an official accident report and ask how to get a copy. Ensure its content is accurate.
- Ask for the officer’s name, badge number and contact information.
- If you are treated at the scene, get the EMT’s and/or the hospital’s contact information.
- If your car is towed, get the towing company’s contact information.
- Unless law enforcement has reported the accident, Florida law states you have 10 days report the accident, noting if: there are injuries involved, a driver was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, and/or there are property damages over $500.
5. After the accident, seek help:
- See your doctor and get medical treatment. The shock of a collision my hide injuries, aches and pain for hours, days and even weeks.
- Make sure you see a medical professional within 14 days of the accident.
- Your choices matter: put our skills and dedication to work for you. Call Rubenstein Law 1-800-FL-LEGAL for a free evaluation. We will come to your home, hospital room, place of employment or you can visit our nearby office in Broward, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, St. Pete, Jacksonville or West Palm Beach.
Have you been injured in an accident on our Florida roads or highways? The personal injury lawyers at Rubenstein Law can help. For a free legal evaluation, call the personal injury firm that's won over $1 Billion in settlements and verdicts for their clients.