Injured in a Car Accident While Vacationing
Thousands of people visit Florida while on vacation. They want to enjoy the beautiful weather and the great attractions such as the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Busch Gardens in Tampa, Universal Studios, Epcot, and so forth.
But what happens if your vacation fun is interrupted by a serious car wreck? What if you are operating a rental vehicle? What forms of insurance coverage apply? These are all great questions and this blog is meant to help.
Be Sure to Get a Police Report
If your car accident is relatively minor, you might not think to contact the police. You may just simply swap insurance information. This is a mistake You need documentation to support a personal injury claim and a police report essentially documents that the accident occurred. It makes the process much easier on you with that documented report of what transpired. The report can also indicate whether the other driver was ticketed by police for failing to obey a traffic law or regulation. This can assist in determining whether the other driver’s insurance company will accept liability, leaving only the issue of damages as the hurdle to getting your compensated.
Get Medical Attention
Even if you are involved in a relatively minor fender bender, get medical attention. This is vitally important because you are probably not a medical specialist and you may have suffered injuries you are not even aware of. This is why a visit to the hospital makes sense. It is a precautionary measure to ensure your injuries, if any, do not get worse. A simple headache or neck pain could actually point towards much more serious injuries. Whiplash, for example, could wind up causing chronic pain.
Keep All Pertinent Records
Hang onto all medical bills related to your injury, regardless of whether or not they have been paid by you or your insurance company. These records are important since your insurance company will likely require that submit all records and bills to determine the amount of a settlement offer.
Speak to a Florida Car Accident Lawyer
You should consult with a local lawyer who knows the community and the state courts. If you are visiting Florida from Maryland or North Carolina and you try to retain a lawyer in either of those states, you are likely to face some difficulties. First and foremost, your lawyer needs to be licensed to practice in the state where the accident occurred. This is because if you have to file a lawsuit against the other driver, you will likely need to file in the jurisdiction where the accident took place. So, if you get hit by a distracted driver while on your way to Epcot, it makes sense to hire a lawyer who is licensed and regularly practices in Florida.
A Florida personal injury lawyer will also be able to help make sure you get the medical care you need while you are still in town. They can also refer you to doctors, specialists and/or physical therapists.
Contact a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Trying to deal with the insurance company while you are injured can be overwhelming and stressful. This is another major reason why you need to consult with an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer. Do not go through this alone. Let Gillette Law, P.A. help. Our law firm offers a free initial consultation and works on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay on a percentage basis if we are successful in your case.