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Florida Home to Some of the Worst Drivers in America

All Florida drivers know the headache associated with driving in the Sunshine State. Along with road rage and bumper-to-bumper traffic, it often seems as though the rules of the road are just guidelines for many drivers in Florida. Well, Floridian driving skills, or lack thereof, have placed it at the top of Allstate's annual reports on the worst drivers in America numerous times. Although Washington D.C took the top spot, Florida has three cities in the top 25 last year. Leading the pack of worst drivers in Florida was Hialeah at #4, followed by Miami at #9 and Tampa at #13.

This might not come as a shocker to most drivers in Florida, but it is a reminder to be a safe and defensive driver. Freidin Brown, P.A. handles cases resulting from motor vehicle accidents all the time, and knows the distress that is often associated with a crash.

However, if you are in a car accident, here are some tips to keep in mind:

•· Remain calm. Although car accidents are stressful, it is important to stay level-headed and focus on gathering the information you need from the other parties, including contact information, license plate numbers and insurance information. Watch out for suspicious names and phone numbers.

•· Talk to any witnesses at the scene and write down their information or statement. Also, make sure they speak to police when they arrive at the scene.

•· Take pictures. Even if on a camera phone, photos taken at the scene can help prove damage occurred.

•· Take pictures. Even if on a camera phone, photos taken at the scene can help prove damage occurred.

•· Write down your account of the accident, and be sure to be as specific as possible. As time passes, the events might not be as clear in your mind and it is important to be able to recall your surroundings, as well as your actions, at the time of the accident.

•· If an injury does occur, be sure to go to the hospital as soon as possible. Do not let a lack of medical insurance, or anticipation of injuries healing on their own, prevent you from going to the hospital. If your injuries impact your day-to-day life, make sure to document this as well.

•· Keep all documentation from the hospital or from the insurance company, if a claim is filed.

Remember, if involved in a serious accident, speaking to an attorney is your best option.

If you feel we can help you, please contact us as soon as possible.

So make sure to buckle up before you hit the road.

Source: Forbes, "Cities with the worst drivers 2012," Aug. 28, 2012

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