What is the first thing I should do after a Florida car accident?
The first thing you should do is make sure that there aren’t any injured parties with severe injuries that require immediate medical attention. If so, you need to call 911 and get an ambulance there immediately. The second thing I would do is call 911 and request the police show up at the scene. If you’re able to, begin documenting everything; document the property damage, take photos of the license plate of the at-fault car, take photos of the driver of the at-fault vehicle, their driver’s license, their insurance card, if you can take a photo of the VIN number.
A lot of times I’ve found that people at the scene of a car accident admit liability and they say, “I’m sorry. Oh, I wasn’t paying attention. This was my fault.” If you can, ask them if you can record them admitting fault, see if they will sign a document, shorthand, “I am at fault for this accident.” Because a lot of times, once they leave the car accident scene, they change their tune. They realize that, “Hey, if I’m at fault for this car accident, I’m going to be paying a lot more in premiums to my insurance company,” then they change their story. A lot of times without any independent witnesses, this can lead to a he said/she said, so document as much as you can. If you can, try to obtain some form of documentation from the at-fault party admitting liability. That would help your case tremendously.