Accidents happen — it’s not just a saying, but an unfortunate truth. Car accidents in Florida are all too common, meaning you should be prepared. There are a few important facts that you should know before you are involved in a crash, whether with another driver or even an unoccupied vehicle.
What to Know About Car Accidents in Florida
- After an Accident: After a crash, you are required to stop your vehicle, even if the accident was minor. Be sure to stop your vehicle safely out of the roadway (if at all possible). Call an ambulance immediately if you or others are injured. Report the accident to the police if damages appear to be in excess of $500, or the accident was a hit and run/potential driver under the influence.
- With an Unoccupied Vehicle: If you nick the mirror of a parallel-parked car or accidentally dent someone’s parked vehicle when backing out of a parking space, you are still required to notify the owner of the damaged car. If this person is not available for you to speak to immediately, leave a legible note that includes your full name, address and license number. You should also contact the authorities.
- Laws: If you fail to stop at the scene of an accident, fail to report an accident, are involved in an accident due to intoxication or are driving without a proper license and registration, you may be fined or even jailed, depending on the severity of the crime.
Accidents happen, you owe it to yourself to learn how to deal with them when they can potentially involve costly repairs and injuries. Car accidents in Florida are further detailed on the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website, which is a fantastic resource when looking to ensure that you are following safety standards and laws. If you are involved in an accident, get the help you deserve by speaking to one of our auto accident experts today. Drive safe and be prepared.