Are drivers in Florida required to report car accidents to the police?
Boca Raton, FL – Car accidents can result in severe health problems, property damage, and various kinds of financial losses. However, there may be some situations where drivers can walk away from minor accidents without any serious harm or even the need to contact the local authorities. Florida does require some accidents to be reported, but very minor collisions will usually not require police assistance at all. However, there also may be some benefits of reporting an accident if it is not required.
Florida’s laws regarding when an accident must be reported
There are a number of different conditions where the accident must be reported to the local police or by calling 911. The first is if there appears to be an injury or fatality at the scene, whether this involves other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians. The victim of a hit and run accident also needs to contact the police immediately. The third reason why an accident must be reported to the police is when it appears that any driver involved is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Finally, any accident where it appears that there is greater than five hundred dollars worth of property damage to vehicles or nearby structures.
Should the driver report the accident anyway?
There are some reasons to report an accident even when it is not required by law. There will be a formal record of the incident and the police may conduct a basic investigation of all accidents. Reports from police or various other transportation agencies are often crucial pieces of evidence when there is a lawsuit related to a crash. Florida also has a law where an accident is supposed to be reported to the local department of motor vehicles by the victim within ten days unless this process is completed by a police officer.
Some insurance companies will even expect their policyholders to report all accidents, regardless of whether this is required by law or not. If there is any doubt, it is always better to report the crash and follow the instructions from the police before contacting the insurance company.
Is it necessary to sue the other driver?
Lawsuits are an important way for injured car accident victims to be paid for their losses associated with the crash. It is important for people considering their financial problems and possible solutions to consult with a local attorney about the possibility of bringing a civil case. Depending on the particular facts surrounding each accident and the value of the combined losses, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit. However, as a general rule minor accidents can usually be taken care of through the insurance claim process or Florida’s personal injury protection coverage.
Accident firms in Boca Raton
Anyone who needs additional assistance after a crash can contact Rosenberg Injury Law.
Firm contact info:
The Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Rosenberg
5255 North Federal Highway, 3rd Floor, Boca Raton, Florida 33487