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Do You Know What To Do If You Are Involved In A Car Accident?

The Northwest Daily News reports that Santa Rosa Beach man is in critical condition after a tragic accident this past Sunday. FHP reports a female from Covington, Kentucky, was traveling east in a 2006 Mazda on the outside lane of U.S. Highway 98. As she approached the intersection of County Road 283 around 1:30 p.m., she did not notice two vehicles that were parked in the lane facing east and had just been involved in a crash. The drivers and one passenger were outside of their cars examining the damage. The Kentucky female failed to notice the cars until it was too late to stop safely. Two of the individuals who were examining the damage were able to jump out of the way, but the man from Santa Rosa Beach did not get out of way in time and was pinned between the vehicles for a time period.

As expected, the female was charged with careless driving.

All of us at Brannon & Brannon pray for a speedy recovery for the man from Santa Rosa Beach.

Accidents happen so it's a good idea to know a head of time what you are required to do if you are involved in a crash in Florida. The most important thing to do is to stop. And if anyone is hurt, you must try to get help. Also, you must give your name, address, and vehicle registration number to others involved in the accident.

Florida has close to 250,000 vehicle crashes every year and the most common cause is careless driving. The Florida DMV has some helpful tips for you to know if you are in accident:

Don't Leave the Scene

If you leave the scene of an accident that involves injuries without providing your information your license may be revoked.

Report the Traffic Accident

Any car accident that involves injuries or property damage over $500 must be reported. In these situations you should call the local police department, sheriff, or the Florida Highway Patrol. If an officer investigates the accident they will file a report.

Don't Block Traffic

If traffic is being blocked by your car you must move it. If you can't move it yourself, you are required to get help or call a tow truck. Your car should never block traffic in any situation.

Source: http://www.dmvflorida.org/car-accident.shtml

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