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What to Do If You Are Involved in a Car Accident Involving Bodily Injury

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Florida Statute § 316.061

Being involved in a car accident can be a potentially jarring experience. If you ever find yourself in this situation there are a few important things you must do if you would like to stay in good standing with the law. If you have been involved in a car accident in the state of Florida, Florida Statute § 316.061 requires you to remain at the scene of the accident until the appropriate information has been exchanged between all parties involved.

This information includes:

  • Your name,
  • Address, and
  • The registration number of your vehicle.

Additionally, if you are asked, you must provide a copy of your Driver’s License to any police officer investigating the accident. A violation of this section will result in a second-degree misdemeanor.

Florida Statute § 316.062 requires that if you happen to be at fault for the accident and it results in the injury or death of another person, you must render reasonable assistance to the offended party. This includes taking the injured party to a hospital or medical provider. If you or your vehicle are incapacitated to the point that you can’t complete this task yourself, you must call an ambulance to transport the injured party to a hospital or medical provider. Violating this statute is considered to be a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a nonmoving violation.

If you happen to be injured as a result of an accident and/or your actions were a contributing cause to those injuries, you may still be entitled to seek compensation for your medical bills as well as pain and suffering damages. Florida is a purely comparative fault state. This means that even if a jury finds the other party involved in the accident at fault for only 10% of your injuries, you may still recover compensation for the corresponding amount of damages. If you have been involved in an accident involving bodily injury, reach out to us and let our trusted team of attorneys investigate the facts.

Call Our Attorneys from Powell, Jackman, Stevens, & Ricciardi, P.A. for Legal Advice

If you are seeking legal advice for bodily injury resulting from a car accident, call an experienced attorney from Powell, Jackman, Stevens, & Ricciardi, P.A. We have over 70 years of combined experience litigating personal injury cases, including car accidents, slip and fall injuries, medical malpractice, and more.

Contact us onlineor call at (239) 970-6844 for a free consultation today.

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