Late-Night Accidents and Filing a Claim
Late-night driving has its own unique accident risks. After all, night driving means there is decreased visibility and an increased chance of encountering impaired drivers on Florida roads and highways.
While there are steps you can take to stay as safe as possible, even the most careful drivers can be involved in a nighttime collision. If you’re involved in an accident during off-hours in Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa, consider talking to a legal professional about compensation options.
How to Stay Safe When Driving During Off Hours
To reduce the risk of a late-night accident, follow these safety tips:
- Stay alert. Driving late at night can be tiring, so make sure you’re well-rested before beginning your late-night travel.
- Use your headlights. Headlight illumination is critical to increase your visibility and help other drivers see you.
- Keep a safe distance. Leave plenty of space between you and other cars to give yourself time to react if necessary.
- Avoid distractions. Do not engage with your phone or any other distractions while driving, doing so can take your focus away from the road.
- Be cautious around impaired drivers. If you suspect that another driver is impaired, keep away from their vehicle and call the police.
If you took all the steps you could to try and be safe but were still injured in a late-night accident, seek medical care without delay. Your health is a top priority, and seeing a doctor immediately means a treatment plan can be put in place to help you heal. Plus, a doctor visit means there will be documentation for your personal injury claim, if you need further medical care in the future.
Next steps to building a strong claim after an accident include taking photos of the accident scene—such as damage to your car, injuries, and any other relevant details—getting contact information from other driver involved in the accident, and contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you understand your rights and work toward a fair settlement.
Steps to Filing a Personal Injury Claim
How difficult it will be to access the monetary recovery you need after a Florida late-night collision will depend on the details of the case and the worth of your claim. Sometimes an injured party is able to navigate the process on their own, but in cases with high expenses, working with a legal professional is advised.
Whether you or your Florida personal injury lawyer will be working on your claim, one of the first steps is to notify the insurance companies involved and provide them with all relevant information. You will also want to keep track of all of your medical expenses and other costs and fees related to the accident, including lost wages and property damage.
Did a frightening late-night accident result in you needing medical care? With the right legal representation, you can get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages. Talk to the skilled legal experts at Roman & Roman to learn about the value of your claim. Our team of attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience. Book your no-obligation, free consultation today.
Although the law firm of Roman & Roman has offices in Clearwater, Hudson and Tampa, we handle cases and claims throughout Florida. We also meet personally with our clients if at all possible, rather than impersonally over the phone or on the Internet.