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Summer is right around the corner and it’s always important to remember what to do if you get into a car or motorcycle crash in the Tampa Bay area. Call The Matassini Law Firm right away or visit www.matassinilaw.com and remember this vital summer driving advice.


Sometimes car wrecks are unavoidable in the Sunshine State. Once one happens, it is crucial to know what to do and what questions may need to be answered by the other person involved to make your insurance claim.

This checklist will help you know what steps to take after a car crash. It is best to review it now and then print it out and keep a copy with you in your car (or bookmark this article on your phone) so that you can access it in the future when needed.

Assess the Extent of Damage or Injuries 

Check to see if anyone involved needs urgent medical care. If you can, try not to move the vehicles unless they are causing a major problem with traffic. If possible, wait for the police before moving any vehicles.

Contact Law Enforcement

Even in a minor accident, it is important to make sure there is a legal Florida Traffic Crash Report. Call 911 if needed or your local law enforcement agency like the police department, sheriff’s office, or Florida Highway Patrol.

Limit Your Conversation about the Crash with the Other Party

It is important to limit your discussion of the crash and not to admit any perceived fault or liability. You should only talk about the logistics of the crash with the police, medical professionals, and your lawyer.


Getting all the important facts together from an accident is the part most folks often struggle with due to the stress of being in a car wreck.

It is critical to get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of everyone involved in the accident. Seek to obtain a crash report number and formal exchange of information form.

A description of the car and license plate number can also be helpful, but make sure you also get their insurance company and their car’s vehicle identification number (VIN). Don’t assume the license plate number will do because most insurance companies only record the type of car and the VIN, not the license plate number.

Take cell phone photos of the property damage to the vehicles and the scene of the collision. Also, snap photos of insurance cards and driver’s licenses of all parties involved.

Since 1976 The Matassini Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars in car crash compensation for our clients. Let our family help yours in your time of need.

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