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Frequently Asked Questions about Motor Vehicle Accidents

Here is a list of frequently asked questions concerning what you should do after a car accident.

Am I supposed to call the police?

Contacting the police is usually a good idea after a motor vehicle accident. Police reports document any injuries and damages sustained in the accident, as well as mapping out the liability on the parts of the drivers. In addition, the automobile insurance companies will want to see a law enforcement report.

Do I have to exchange information?

Yes. Get the full name and contact information for the other driver, passengers and any witnesses. You should also make note of the license plate number of the other driver’s car, and get the other driver’s license number.

I’m just a little shaken up. Should I see a doctor?

If you feel the slightest bit out of the ordinary, you may be more than just “a little shaken up.” Some serious injuries initially present very insignificant symptoms, such as blurring of vision, mild headache and dizziness. Take care of yourself and see a doctor if you experience symptoms, no matter how mild.

Do I need to take pictures?

Yes. A photographic record of the accident scene is an invaluable aid to protecting your rights and recovering a fair and just amount to cover the costs of vehicle repair, medical expenses and other damages. If you are not injured or are not caring for someone who is injured, take photos of your vehicle and the crash scene.

Do I have to contact my insurance company?

Absolutely. You are required to notify your insurance company if you have been involved in an auto accident.

Do I have to talk to the other driver’s insurance company?

No. You should be very careful discussing your car accident with anyone except your insurance company, your attorney and the police.

Should I contact an attorney?

Yes. If you or someone you care for is injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be able to recover, among other things, medical treatment costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. James O. Cunningham is a Florida auto accident lawyer with over 30 years experience fighting for fair compensation for auto accident victims. Please contact the Florida Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today and set up a consultation about your case.

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Florida Personal Injury Office Locations

Main Office

Orlando Personal Injury Office:
3117 Edgewater Dr.
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-425-2000
Toll Free: 877-FL-INJURY
                 (877-354-6587)
Fax: 407-843-8274

Seminole County

Lake Mary Office:
1001 Heathrow Park Lane
Suite 4001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-487-4408

Osceola County

Kissimmee Office:
17 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407-966-4408

Volusia County

Daytona Beach Office:
1301 Beville Rd., Suite 8
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: 386-243-4994

DeBary Office:
465 Summerhaven Drive, Suite C
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: 386-320-3911

Deland Office:
Downtown Executive Center
120 South Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Phone: 386-206-1264

Citrus County

Inverness Office:
110 North Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-205-4341

Polk County

Lakeland Office:
1102 S. Florida Ave., Suite 104
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-968-7551

Winter Haven Office:
325 Avenue A, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-968-7173

Hillsborough County

Tampa Office:
100 S. Edison St. Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-355-9772

Marion-Sumter Counties

The Villages Office:
3420 U.S. Hwy. 27/441
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: 352-419-0825

Lake County

Mt. Dora Office:
602 East 5th Ave.
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-436-4696

Clermont Office:
900 W. Highway 50
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-503-4674

Brevard County

Titusville Office:
506 S. Palm Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-222-7300

Cocoa Office:
96 Willard Street
Suite 206,
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-757-1373