You don't have to be a bad driver to get into a car accident. In fact, the majority of people who get into car accidents are actually pretty good drivers, as can be deduced from a few facts:
- Almost everyone who drives a car has been issued a license and passed a test to do so (at least those who drive within the law have been).
- Some accidents happen when two well-meaning, responsible drivers collide. The best drivers, of course, slow down enough that unsafe conditions like blind corners, while they might cause an accident, don't cause injuries.
- It only takes one bad driver to cause a car accident involving multiple cars.
Take all this into account when you consider your chances of getting into a car accident. Also consider that Florida has over 16 million drivers and there are about 200,000 car accidents in the state of Florida each year.
So, no matter how safe a driver you are, you can't guarantee that another unsafe driver won't, at some point, involve you in a car accident. It's in your best interest to know what to do in the event that it actually happens.
- Assess injuries. If anyone is hurt, get medical attention immediately. Call for an ambulance. If someone is trapped in their car, speak to them and keep them calm. If someone is bleeding, stop the blood flow as best you can until an ambulance arrives. If someone has fallen unconscious, lie them down, make sure they're breathing, and turn them on their side so they have a clear airway.
- Given no injuries, take some pictures of the accident. Many people have smartphones these days. It's suggested that you do this before you even speak to the other driver. Just get out of your car, camera or phone in hand, ready to take pictures. The main reason for this is so you're ready to snap a photo of the other driver's car in case of a hit-and-run.
- Do not admit fault. Don't hint at it, don't say it, and don't apologize (which can be interpreted as a statement of fault). Don't get angry, either. Though you might be furious, getting in a fight after a traffic accident doesn't help anyone.
- Exchange contact and insurance information. Your insurance company is going to want to get in touch with their insurance company to open an incident report and figure out which way money will likely change hands.
- Call a qualified Stuart, FL Car Accident Attorney. An attorney can help you recover damage costs to your car and, especially in the case of an injury, recover medical costs.
For more information about what to do if you're in a car accident or to discuss a recent incident, don't hesitate to contact us.