Envision yourself driving on a freeway in Florida. You try to move over a lane, but as you are doing so, another car tries to move into your lane, and you scrape the sides of your cars.
What Should You Do Right After the Accident?
Florida law imposes some obligations on you immediately after you have a car accident that results in vehicle damage, injury, or death. First, if there was another person involved in the crash—in other words, you did not hit an object—you must provide your name, address, and vehicle registration to the other person. You are also obligated to show your license if the other person asks you to do so or if a police officer asks to see it. If the person is injured to the point that you providing this information will not be helpful, you are required to find the nearest police station or office and report that information. Moreover, if the other person involved in the accident is injured and it is evident he or she needs care or he or she asks you to do so, you are obligated to provide reasonable assistance in transporting that person to medical treatment or making arrangements to do so.
Do You Have the Right to Remain Silent?
You might be thinking at this point, “What about my right to remain silent?” In fact, Florida law addresses this question. It explains that your duty to provide this information shall not extend to “information which would violate the privilege of such person against self-incrimination.” If you are in a car accident and you are not sure what information you should or are obligated to provide to the other person or a police officer on the scene, you should immediately call a qualified criminal law attorney.
Call a St. Petersburg Criminal Defense Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation
Florida’s consequences for not fulfilling your obligations in the event of a car crash can be harsh. If you have been accused of not complying with your legal obligations after an accident, you should call a qualified St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney right away for a free consultation. The Khonsari Law Group has the attorneys you need to protect you through the criminal justice process and obtain the best possible result. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation online or at (727) 269-5300.