Car accidents aren’t uncommon in the state of Florida. Regardless of what part of the state you live in (including West Palm Beach), there’s a good chance that you know several people who have been in this situation. You likely pass them going to work and other activities all the time.
Even though there are quite a few billboards letting you know who you should call if you are involved in an car accident in Florida, do you really need to act if the situation is just a fender bender? The fact is – it depends on the situation. While this is the case, there are a few things you should do and know if you are in this situation.
Fender Bender Defined
There is no actual, legal definition for the term “fender bender” in the state of Florida. While this is true, it can be used for minor car accidents. Usually, this type of accident occurs when you are involved in a rear-end accident at a lower speed or if you back into another vehicle while you are pulling out of a parking space. In some situations, if damage occurs to any property, it is extremely minor. In these cases, you will usually just exchange information with the other party and move on with your day.
Even though these accidents don’t usually cause significant damage, that’s no reason to just shrug them off. The fact is it is possible to be involved in a fender bender that winds up aggravating some type of pre-existing condition you are dealing with. It may also cause physical injuries that show up down the road.
Steps to Take After a Fender Bender Accident
If you are involved in a fender bender accident, be sure to take the following steps. This will ensure that your rights are protected and that you can recover compensation from the at-fault party if needed.
Get Yourself and Your Vehicle Out of Traffic
If you are involved in a fender bender, it should be possible to move your vehicle out of traffic. Be sure to do this to ensure no other damages occur. You also need to make sure that you get yourself somewhere safe on the side of the road.
Exchange Your Information with the Other Driver
Be sure that you exchange your name, contact information, and vehicle information with the other driver who was involved in the accident. If the request to see your driver’s license, be sure to show them and do the same. Take note of the make and model of their vehicle, and the color. This is going to protect everyone if you have to file a claim down the road. Be sure to gather information from any witnesses who saw the incident, as well.
When it comes to accident cases, without evidence – like pictures – it often becomes a situation of “he said/she said.” One of the best ways to ensure that you can prove what happened is with pictures and videos. Just make sure they are authenticated, which is something your attorney can assist you with. Be sure to take photos of the damages to the vehicles, street signs that are nearby, and road conditions. If you believe something may be relevant to the case, then you should take a picture of it.
Never Admit to Anything
You should never say you are sorry or admit fault at an accident scene or to an insurance adjuster. These statements can be used against you to place the blame for the accident on you.
Get in Touch with Our Legal Team for Help
Accidents happen all the time. However, if you are involved in a fender bender in Florida, you may think there’s no reason to do any of the steps mentioned above. The fact is, though, that injuries may appear later on and cause serious problems and costs. If you did not take time to take the steps above, then it may be impossible to file a lawsuit or get the compensation you deserve.
At Fetterman & Associates, we are here to help with your legal claim. You can count on us to provide you with the quality legal representation you want, need, and deserve. The first step is to get in touch and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We can discuss your situation and create a plan of action to move forward and help you recover the compensation you deserve.