December 12th, 2012 - by DKRPA
A car accident in Palm Beach County, Florida shut down a local road after the lone vehicle involved smashed into a utility pole. Little information is being released about the crash; but the driver of the vehicle is expected to survive the wreck. The driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
While this is a relatively minor car accident, it serves as a good reminder to Palm Beach residents that in the wake of an accident, there are certain things you need to do to protect yourself.
Immediately after a crash, it is vital that you get to a safe location. If you and another vehicle are involved in a wreck on the highway, do not simply pull over on the shoulder. While this can be okay, you and the other driver are at risk of being struck by oncoming traffic after you leave your vehicle. Even if you are the only vehicle involved (such as in this case), there are dangers: a downed utility pole could drop near you, or electrical wiring could be exposed. In either case, that is a risky situation to be in.
Drivers should get to a safe location — off of highways, away from damaged parts and clear of busy streets — to handle the accident.
Following the accident, you should get any medical care you possibly can to speed up your recovery and to record and document your injuries. You also need to contact your insurance company to begin the process of obtaining financial coverage for the wreck. Both of these things can benefit you if you pursue legal action, either against your insurer or another driver involved in the wreck.
Source: Palm Beach Post, “Hypoluxo Road shut down in both directions after car hits utility pole,” Alexander Seltzer, Nov. 29, 2012
Please visit our Palm Beach personal injury website if you would like to learn more about what to do in case of a car accident.