What to do if you are in an Auto Accident during a Hurricane Evacuation


Hurricane Evacuation Car Accident Florida - Franco Law

If you were in Florida during Hurricane Irma in 2017, then you witnessed how everything changes in a moment. We saw how on Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa the water was retreated / was drawn out of the bay by the hurricane. Over half a million people evacuated throughout Florida. Many of the FL residents took flights to evacuate, but the majority of the residents packed up and traveled by car to evacuate.

In a situation where everything is tense and unpredictable, one must prepare to face anything. When there is a hurricane evacuation, we trust our car to take us to a safe place. However, since so many drivers are anxious and in a hurry to evacuate, there are often several car accidents on the roads and highways.

Having a reliable auto injury lawyer whom you can easily contact during a hurricane evacuation is important. Here at Franco Law, we assist our clients in such situations.

If you are involved in a car accident during a hurricane evacuation, please follow the steps below:

1. Stay calm and focus, even though its tough to stay calm when there is a hurricane coming and you are in a accident. Try to take deep breaths and stay calm.

2. Move your car to a safe spot if your car is not totaled. If possible, move the car or truck to a safe spot on the      shoulder of the road.

3. Check everyone involved in the accident to make sure there are no injuries. If there are injuries, locate your first aid kit and call the paramedics and police.

4. Contact your attorney and insurance provider, here at Franco Law you can contact us at 813 873-0180. In many cases, you should consider speaking with an attorney before giving a statement to an insurance company.

5. Collect as much information as you can about the accident. Take pictures of the accident scene from all the sides and angles as well as the surroundings of the accident.

 

Things to take care of / prepare before the accident:

We hope you never get into a car accident. Accidents happen and they are not always our fault, but there are things that we can do to prepare to be safe in the event of a vehicle accident1.

  • Always have a safety kit or a first aid in your vehicle. It may take time for help to arrive, it’s a smart idea to have a first aid kit to treat basic and common injuries.
  • Have a packet which has all of your important documents, such as registration, insurance, and contact information in case of emergency.
  • Always have your phone charged. When possible, please charge your phone via a car charger while going on a long drive.
  • Avoid keeping loose items on the seats or on the dashboard. The loose items can be hazardous if you are involved in an accident.

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Christine Franco

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Owner of the Tampa firm of Franco Law Group PA, Ms. Franco received her B.A. from The University of South Florida and her J.D. from Stetson College of Law in 1995. Ms. Franco practices primarily in the fields of personal injury, social security disability and has previously acted as the case law monitor for the News & 440 Report, providing updated case law summaries, specifically in the area of workers compensation, for five years. She was also editor of the News & 440 Report, and served for the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section as Secretary of the Executive Council.