The First Steps
“They’re funny things, Accidents. You never have them till you’re having them.”
― A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner
There are approximately 200,000 accidents each year in just the state of Florida alone. Believe it or not, that accounts for only 1.5% of the state’s licensed drivers. The number of injuries and deaths are steadily decreasing each year too. This all sounds encouraging, but the truth of the matter is most people will be in at least one car accident at some point in their life.
Being involved in an accident, whether it is in a car, while walking, or otherwise, is a scary and anxiety-filled time. Aside from your injuries, it’s quite common to have your heart beating a mile a minute, to be shaking, sad, confused and disoriented. In the middle of all these crazy emotions, for your own protection, it is incredibly important to know what to do. What happens in those first few moments after your accident can lay the groundwork for everything that comes later in your personal injury claim.
Any successful personal injury claim has two integral parts to it. First, is the other person responsible for what happened? This known as liability. If so, then you come to the second question: how extensive are your injuries? How much money you will ultimately get is (or should be) directly proportional to your damages.
As with many things in life, it isn’t necessarily what happened, but what you can prove happened. That’s why knowing what to do immediately after your accident is of the utmost importance. If you find yourself in the unfortunate predicament of being hurt because of someone else’s actions, the best thing you can do is to call the Ticktin Law Group at (954) 570-6757 as soon as possible. By speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer and going over all the facts of your particular claim, you will get a much better idea of what steps you should already be taking.