For some people in the Ocala area, this 4th of July weekend was spent dealing with the aftermath of an injury-causing accident rather than enjoying fireworks and other traditional celebrations with family and friends. Unfortunately, each year, car accidents spike around the 4th of July because of issues like heavier-than-usual traffic and an increased number of drunk drivers taking to the roads.
Fortunately for people who have been hurt in these kinds of accidents, Florida law often entitles victims to compensation for their injuries. Here are some of the things you can do to protect your rights if you were hurt in a wreck of this past 4th of July weekend.
If you have not done so already, write down everything you remember about the accident, including the time of day it took place, the weather conditions at the time of your crash, whether there were any road hazards that may have contributed to your accident, and whether anyone else saw it. It is important to do this while your memory of the incident is still fresh and you can clearly remember details. Also, take notes about the way your injuries are affecting you on a daily basis.
Do NOT Accept a Settlement Offer from the Insurance Company
If it is obvious that the other driver caused your accident, it is possible that you have already been offered a settlement by the insurance company. It is important to understand that once you accept a settlement, you are releasing the party from liability for your accident. As a result, if it does not adequately compensate you for your losses, it is unlikely that you will ever be able to receive the full value of your claim.
Call an Attorney
The single most effective thing you can do to protect your rights after an accident is to retain an Ocala car accident lawyer as soon as you can. A lawyer will communicate with the insurance company on your behalf and handle your claim along every step of the way.
Call Meldon Law Today to Speak with an Ocala Car Accident Attorney
If you were hurt in an accident over this past 4th of July weekend, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. At Meldon Law, our Ocala car accident lawyers work hard to ensure that our clients get the compensation they deserve and are committed to resolving cases quickly and efficiently. To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer, call our office today at 800-373-8000 or send us an email through our online contact form.