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Florida Post-Accident Checklist

Posted by Fred Koberlein, Jr. | Feb 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

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When you are involved in a car accident, it is vital to take a few seconds to breathe, calm down and try to center yourself. The next steps you take can make all the difference between the compensation you deserve for any injury you suffered, and a critical misstep. Here is an overview of how you should handle your Florida post-accident checklist.

Always Be Prepared

Nobody wants to think that they will be in an accident, but the truth is, most of us will be at some point in time. It never hurts to be prepared in advance. Most states have accident report guidesand forms available. You should download one and keep it in your vehicle to reference when you need it.

In addition, create a handy checklist from the information here (or just print off this blog) and keep it with the guide and form.

Florida Post-Accident Checklist: First Steps

Immediately after the accident, the first thing to do is take stock of the situation. Is your vehicle still able to be driven? If so, move it to the side of the road immediately.

Are you in pain? Does it appear that there are any fatalities or serious injuries? If you are seriously hurt, don't move—you could make it worse. Otherwise, make sure everyone is okay and call 911 for any medical help you might need. If necessary, call a towing service through your insurance company.

Information Gathering

Never, ever apologize under any circumstances while at the accident scene. This can be taken as an admission of fault later on. Document everything about the accident, including police officers, insurance agents, other drivers, and witnesses.

Exchange information with any other drivers that were involved in the accident. Insurance information is vital; contact information is secondary. Never give out your driver's license or registration information under any circumstances. Nor should you provide address or contact information beyond your insurance policy info.

Speak to any witnesses present. Get their names and contact information so they can corroborate what happened later. Take photos of the accident; the more you can get, the better. Photograph all damage, the license plates of the vehicles, landmarks and street signs, skid marks, debris, anything that will help tell the story of the accident. Note the time, date, weather and traffic, circumstances of the accident and details of all actions taken.

After the Accident

Call your insurance company within 24 hours to report the incident. Be honest at all times. Get seen by a doctor, even if you aren't injured, and keep detailed records of any and all medical and repair costs and everyone with whom you speak.

Above all, seek representation by a qualified personal injury attorney. Never sign anything nor let an insurance company strong arm you into giving away your rights. A qualified attorney can protect you and make sure that you are compensated for repairs, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and everything you need to get your life back. If you have been in an accident and need help, we are here. Give us a call for a free consultation today or email us your questions.

About the Author

Fred Koberlein, Jr.

Fred Koberlein is a trial attorney who opened Koberlein Law Offices after acquiring extensive legal experience in three legal practice areas, which are: personal injury law; criminal defense; and local government matters which require you to appear or present your matter before your local government Boards, government Councils, and government Agencies. Mr. Koberlein began trial preparation through an externship as a legal clerk with the Judges of the Third Judicial Circuit for Florida prior to his graduation from the University of Florida, College of Law.  After law school Mr. Koberlein was dedicated to becoming a trial attorney and worked with the Public Defender's Office from 2004 to 2007, where he was promoted to handling felony cases within eight months of hire.  Mr.  Koberlein has handled over 1500 criminal cases ranging from possession of cannabis, DUI, serious felonies, white-collar crimes, violations of probation hearings, and countless motion hearings. Mr.  Koberlein began practicing in the areas of personal injury and insurance defense during 2006.  Mr. Koberlein's experience in prosecuting personal injury claims against those insurance companies he was not representing and defending other insurance companies and their customers provided a unique experience where he was able to learn what each side anticipates from the opposing party.Next, Mr. Koberlein was hired by a City to defend the City's interests and three additional Cities quickly followed and retained Mr. Koberlein to protect their interests.  Currently, Mr. Koberlein represents a total of four (4) municipalities in the North Florida area.  As Mr. Koberlein focused on civil litigation he remained passionate about representing individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes as well as civil litigation issues. Mr.  Koberlein has the experience and reputation to negotiate a favorable resolution in your matter, and if that is not possible, to provide the best, most zealous trial representation available.  Utilizing competent and trusted investigators and experts, your case will be prepared so that the best result will be achieved.  If you or a loved one is hurt, damaged, or is facing criminal charges, you want a qualified, hard-working attorney who will explain your options to you in a straightforward, commonsense, and honest manner. Education and Practice Experience: University of Florida; Gainesville, Florida; Bachelor of Science, 1997 University of South Florida; Tampa, Florida; 1998 University of Florida, College of Law; Gainesville, Florida; 2003 Bar and Court Admissions: Florida Bar, 2004 – Present All 67 Counties in Florida All 20 Circuits in Florida U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida Professional and Civic Activities: Florida Bar Trial Lawyers, 2007 – Present Florida Bar Business Law Section, 2007 – Present Florida Bar Criminal Law Section, 2004 – Present Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 – Present Third Judicial Bar Association, 2004 – Present Mr.  Koberlein is committed to his clients and devotes himself to protecting their interests from the beginning to the end of their case.  Mr. Koberlein has spent his career helping clients defend themselves against criminal charges, fight insurance companies, and proceed through the bureaucratic process of local governments.  Mr. Koberlein welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and evaluate your legal needs and provide you with an experienced and competent analysis.

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