There are about a quarter-million auto accidents in Florida each year. Some accidents are more serious than others. If the accident resulted in property damage or someone getting injured, then the aftermath could involve the Florida Highway Patrol, insurance companies, and the Florida courts.
When a Florida driver is involved in an auto accident, they’re expected to remain at the scene and call for help if someone is injured. They’re also supposed to move their vehicle off the road in order to avoid blocking traffic.
If the car is severely damaged, then a tow truck will have to do this. And, of course, the police must be notified if anyone is injured or there is apparent property damage that is worth more than $500.
With most auto accident cases, one driver is usually found to be legally negligent. In other words, the negligent driver failed to act responsibly behind the wheel and ended up causing the accident as a result. This makes the negligent driver liable for the property damage and personal injuries that they caused.
Sometimes both drivers may have been negligent, but at different levels. A comparative negligence system is used by the Florida courts to determine how liable each driver is in a particular auto accident case. One driver might be 60% liable while the second driver might be 40% liable. If so, then each driver is responsible for paying their portion of what they’re liable for.
The law requires Florida drivers with registered vehicles to carry auto insurance that has a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection coverage and $10,000 in property damage liability coverage.
For insurance purposes, it is important that everything about the accident is documented. You’ll want the police to arrive at the scene and conduct their own investigation so that a police report can be produced.
You may also want to go to the hospital and get checked out by a doctor if you were injured. That will produce a medical report which the insurance companies will want to see as well.
The more recorded information you have available, the better chance you’ll have of getting the proper amount of compensation from the insurance companies if you are less liable than the other driver.
Since 1997, MMI HEALTHCARE CLINICS has been treating accident victims and offering them quality, compassionate and competent healthcare services. We will treat, manage and help in the recovery of anyone with serious injuries that were caused by an auto accident.
MMI HEALTHCARE is an AHCA licensed facility that is located in Kissimmee, Florida. They are one of the longest standing health care facilities in Central Florida that have a wide staff including medical doctors that help you get the care you need while expediting the recovery process.