What do you do when the police don’t come after a crash? Believe it or not, in Florida, after a car crash, it’s not unheard of for the police to refuse to come out or to advise they are unable to do so. Often, police will not come to the scene of a crash if it happened in a parking lot or on private property. So what should you do if you have a crash and the police can’t or won’t come out? Protect yourself by making sure to take photos of “Cars, Cards & People”. The first thing to take photographs of are all of the cars involved in the crash. Take close up photos and photos from a distance that show the front, back, left side and right side of every vehicle involved. If you capture where the cars ended up after the crash or the intersection or scene, even better! The second thing to take photographs of are all of the cards involved. This means take photos of the front and back of the drivers license of every driver involved. If you can, also take photos of the front and back of the drivers license of every person who was in their and your car as well. Finally, take photographs of the people who were involved in the crash, whether they were drivers or passengers, be sure to document who was involved in the crash.
Calling the police after a Florida car accident and having the police complete an official drivers exchange or accident report is always the gold standard. However, when this can’t happen, knowing what three things to document for yourself is the next best thing.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a crash in Florida, do not hesitate to reach out to Florida Injury Attorneys to protect your rights.