Do I Have to Provide Personal Information After an Accident?
In the state of Florida, all drivers have to give certain information to law enforcement after a car accident. When you make an accident report certain facts about the incident can be admissible in court if the accident leads to a criminal or civil case. For example, if you were accused of driving under the influence and submitted to a breath, urine, or blood test, the results can be used as evidence in your case.
Depending on how much damage was caused by the collision, you will need to complete either a long form Florida Traffic Crash Report or a short form report and file it with the investigating officer. The purpose of the report is to collect crucial information about the accident that can be easily reviewed by insurance companies.
If you fail to cooperate with the investigation of your accident, you can be cited for a non-moving violation. Although you must comply with the investigating officer, you have no legal responsibility to cooperate with the insurer of the other driver.
Insurance companies typically try to get statements from all of the drivers who were involved in the accident. It is in your best interest to avoid giving statements to the other party’s insurance company. Some injuries take time to develop, and what you thought was a minor injury might end up being serious. For this reason, do not give any written or recorded statements immediately following your accident.
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