Every major city in the US has traffic problems, and Miami is no exception. On any given day, especially during morning and evening rush hours, motorists could be looking at a bumper-to-bumper scenario – were it not for the miracle of express lanes. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has established regulations regarding “managed” lanes, which you may know familiarly as the optional express lanes that you can steer into for a more efficient commute. There are multiple express lanes throughout South Florida, including portions of I-97, I-75, and even US Route 1.
However, even as express lanes offer the benefits of managed traffic congestion and route options, the risk of vehicle crashes remains. In fact, certain factors may contribute to an increased risk. If you were involved in such a crash, it is critical to reach out to a Miami car accident attorney right away. Plus, some tips should help you get through the chaos and confusion that ensues.
Pull Over Safely
Depending on the damage to vehicles, this may or may not be within your control. Still, do your best to steer clear of traffic. Keep in mind that the shoulder along express lanes can be narrow, and cars will likely be flying by at extremely close range. Once safely pulled over, dial 911 to get first responders on the scene.
Seek Medical Care
If you are not transported by ambulance, make sure to head directly to the ER or an urgent care center for treatment. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it is still important to get medical attention right away for two reasons:
- Your health and well-being are at stake, and seeing a doctor ensures you get on the road to recovery promptly.
- Getting proper care supports your legal rights when filing an insurance claim against the at-fault driver.
Exchange Information with Other Motorists
It is every driver’s legal duty to provide contact, driver’s license, and insurance details with other motorists involved in the crash. Keep your conversations to a minimum, and avoid discussing fault or the reasons behind the crash.
This task will depend on the severity of your injuries, but grab your cell phone if you can. Take pictures of:
- The accident scene;
- The stretch of express lane surrounding the scene;
- Skid marks; and,
- Damage to vehicles.
Use Caution in Dealing With Insurance Companies
You need to report an express lane crash to your insurer, and you might be contacted by the company that carries the policy of other motorists involved in the incident. It is important to allow your attorney to address these conversations, so decline to provide a statement – especially one that is recorded.
Contact a Miami Car Accidents Lawyer ASAP
These tips will guide you in the immediate aftermath of a crash in Miami express lanes, but you can trust our team at Gerson & Schwartz, PA to handle the important legal tasks. For more information about your remedies, please call (305) 371-6000 or go online to set up a no-cost consultation at our offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, FL.