What should I do after a car accident in Delray Beach?

By Bottari & Doyle, P.A. 

There are many car accidents in South Florida due to the amount of people and the notoriously bad drivers.  There are many things that you should do after a car accident in Delray Beach.  The accident may have occurred on Linton Blvd, Atlantic Ave, Federal Highway, I-95 or any of the other roads in Delray Beach. This guide will provide you with a checklist of things to do after an accident: 

  1. Exchange insurance information:  An accident attorney will need this information to find out the insurance information for the driver who hit you. 
  1. Take photos of the vehicle:  A car accident with a lot of property damage to the vehicles will be valued more highly by the insurance adjuster than claims with minimal property damage. This is because greater property damage makes it more likely that you were injured.
  1. Take photos of your injuries:  Take photos of any bruises, scrapes, burns, cuts. Photos of injuries can be very persuasive to an insurance adjuster when settling your claim. 
  1. Get Medical Treatment:   In Florida, you only have 14 days from the day of the accident to see a doctor to use your personal injury protection benefits.  PIP insurance is required insurance. You pay to have it every month so you should use it if you are injured. 
  1. Don’t speak to the insurance company:  Your insurance company is not on your side.  Statements that you make to an insurance adjuster can be used against you.  It is best to consult with a car accident lawyer who can speak to the insurance companies on your behalf. 
  1. Speak to a lawyer:  A car accident lawyer can help you to get your medical bills paid, set up your insurance claims, refer you to doctors who handle personal injury cases, and negotiate an accident settlement for you.  Car accident and personal injury lawyers work on contingency. This means the attorney receives a percentage of your settlement as his or her fee.  There are no upfront fees to you. 

Bottari & Doyle, P.A. is a Delray Beach personal injury law firm. You can call our office at 561-588-2781 for a complimentary consultation, or visit our website at https://www.bottarianddoyle.com.