When a car accident in Florida is not one’s fault, such as in a rear-end collision, the non-liable driver might wonder what they can do to protect their interests. However, the steps to take after this kind of incident are pretty similar to those the driver would need to take if they had been at fault.
First, the driver should seek medical help if there are injuries and take notes on the injury or help other people involved in the collision. Second, it is important to gather information from the other driver, such as their name, address, telephone number, insurance information and the vehicle registration and license. During this process, it is a good idea to take pictures of the scene of the crash. If there are any witness, the driver should also gather their contact information and their statement about the situation. While it is illegal to leave the scene of a car accident, a liable driver might do that if they have experienced no injuries or major damage. Gathering all this information is one way of holding that driver responsible.
It might be a good idea to contact the police to obtain a report about the incident, which might be used as leverage when negotiating a settlement. While the liable driver is also responsible for contacting their insurance company, the other driver might want to contact their own insurance company to show that they were attempting to follow all procedures correctly. Finally, the non-liable driver might consider suing the other driver’s insurance company if the company refuses their claim.
The non-liable driver in such a situation might contact a personal injury lawyer to help with the process. The lawyer can explain what kind of claim the driver can file as well as provide details about the possible compensation and represent the driver if the case goes to court.