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South Florida Laws: What You Should Do If You Are In A Car Accident

If you are unfortunately involved in a car accident in South Florida and are not sure of what to do, read on. There are some very important things that should be done at the scene of the accident and some very important decisions you need to make soon after you leave. In the state of Florida, the first responders do an excellent job, but understand that helping you to present a strong claim to an insurance company does not fall within the job responsibilities of a first responder; it is up to you.

First, check yourself and the others involved in the crash to see if anyone needs immediate help. If so, call 911. Second, document the scene with your smartphone. Take pictures of the vehicles involved, the area of impact, as well as the roadway leading up to the impact to memorialize any skid marks or gouges in the road.

Lastly, get appropriate treatment if you were injured in the crash. Do not be surprised if you start to feel symptoms several days after the crash. You know your body better than anyone so listen to what it is telling you and make sure to take action. There are several different types of insurance coverage that come into play after a car accident, one of them being your own PIP insurance to help pay for medical bills. Do not be afraid to get medical treatment because you do not have health insurance.

If you have any questions about what you should do before, during or after a car accident in South Florida, and if you do not already have an attorney, feel free to call attorney Jeff Vastola at any time. Dial 833-VASTOLA, that’s 833-827-8652. If Jeff does not answer the phone, leave a voicemail message and he will call you back promptly. You can also visit our website at


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