What to Do After a Car Accident?

Learn essential steps to take after a car accident to protect your rights.

Knowing what to do immediately after a car accident can protect your legal rights and help you build a strong personal injury case. At Ehrlich & Naparstek, we understand the stress and confusion that can follow an accident, so we have outlined essential steps to take to ensure your safety and legal protection.

Stay Safe and Call for Help

First and foremost, ensure everyone’s safety. If there are injuries, call 911 immediately. It is crucial to report the accident to the police, as a police report will be a vital document for your case. The official report will include the details of the accident, which can be beneficial for insurance claims and legal proceedings.

Exchange Information

Collect the contact and insurance details from the other driver(s) involved in the accident. This information is necessary for filing insurance claims and any future legal actions. Be sure to note the following:

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Insurance company names and policy numbers
  • Vehicle registration numbers
  • Driver’s license numbers

Document the Scene

Take comprehensive photos of the accident scene, including:

  • Vehicle damage
  • Position of vehicles
  • Road conditions
  • Traffic signs
  • Any visible injuries

Gather witness statements if possible, as their accounts can support your version of events. Detailed documentation can significantly strengthen your case.

Seek Medical Attention

Even if you feel fine, it is critical to get a medical check-up to rule out hidden injuries. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent but can have long-term effects. Keep all medical records and receipts as they are crucial for your personal injury claim.

Contact an Attorney

Reaching out to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible is essential. At Ehrlich & Naparstek, our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the legal complexities following a car accident. We will assist you in understanding your legal options and ensure your rights are protected.

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Contact us 24/7 at (772) 842-8822 for Stuart or (561) 687-1717 for West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach to schedule an appointment. Visit our office at 1330 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994.

Conclusion

By following these steps, you can ensure your safety and legal rights after a car accident. If you need legal assistance, contact Ehrlich & Naparstek to discuss your case and explore your options. Our dedicated team is here to help you every step of the way.

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Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about personal injury cases from Ehrlich & Naparstek Personal Injury Lawyers. Learn about your legal rights, the claims process, and how to handle insurance companies effectively.

What is product liability in Florida?

Product liability refers to the legal responsibility of manufacturers, distributors, and sellers to ensure that products are safe for consumers. For more information, visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

What types of product defects can lead to a liability claim?

Liability claims can arise from manufacturing defects, design defects, and failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions. Learn more at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Who can be held liable in a product liability case?

Manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers can all be held liable for defective products. For details, see the Florida Bar's Consumer Pamphlet: Product Liability.

What must be proven in a product liability case?

Plaintiffs must prove that the product was defective, the defect caused the injury, and the product was used as intended. Visit the Florida Courts for more information.

How long do I have to file a product liability claim in Florida?

The statute of limitations for product liability claims in Florida is four years from the date of injury. Refer to Florida Statutes Section 95.11 for more details.

What are some common examples of product liability cases?

Common examples include defective medical devices, unsafe drugs, malfunctioning machinery, and dangerous consumer products. Check the FDA's Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts for recent cases.

Can I still file a claim if I was partially at fault for my injury?

Yes, Florida follows a comparative negligence rule, which means you can recover damages even if you were partially at fault. For more information, see Florida Statutes Section 768.81.

What should I do if I am injured by a defective product?

Seek medical attention, preserve the product, document your injuries, and contact a lawyer. For safety tips, visit the CPSC's Safety Education Center.

How do I report a defective product in Florida?

Report defective products to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and for state-specific issues, contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Can I join a class action lawsuit for a defective product?

Yes, if the product has injured many people, you might join a class action lawsuit. Learn more about class actions at the Florida Bar.

What is strict liability in product liability cases?

Strict liability holds manufacturers and sellers liable for defective products regardless of fault or intent. See Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute for a detailed explanation.

What should I do if I am injured by a defective product?

Seek medical attention, preserve the product, document your injuries, and contact a lawyer. For safety tips, visit the CPSC's Safety Education Center.

How do I report a defective product in Florida?

Report defective products to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and for state-specific issues, contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

What are some defenses in a product liability case?

Common defenses include product misuse, alteration, and assumption of risk. For legal strategies, consult the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

How can Ehrlich & Naparstek help with my product liability case?

Ehrlich & Naparstek can provide expert legal representation to help you navigate your product liability claim and maximize your compensation. Contact us 24/7 at (772) 842-8822 (Stuart) or (561) 687-1717 (West Palm Beach) to schedule an appointment. Visit our office at 1330 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994.

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Discover valuable tips and insights from Ehrlich & Naparstek Personal Injury Lawyers to navigate the complexities of personal injury cases. Whether you’ve been in an accident or need advice on dealing with insurance companies, our expert guidance will help you protect your rights and make informed decisions. Contact us 24/7 at (772) 842-8822 (Stuart) or (561) 687-1717 (West Palm Beach) to schedule an appointment