If you've been injured in an accident, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Securing evidence from an auto accident provides strength for resolving your claim. Always talk to an attorney before giving any information to insurance representatives.
MR. WILLIAM CHANFRAU, SR.: When we're contacted by clients it's frequently shortly after a crash or an injury of an accident has occurred and it is critical that evidence be preserved during the first 72 hours after those crashes because Florida's a transient state. People come and go constantly. Eyewitnesses leave the state, people leave employments and transfer to different areas, physical evidence dissipates or is destroyed, lost or forever gone. We like to get involved if possible in these crashes as soon as possible so we can preserve the evidence even though the claims frequently may take six months to a year to mature. If you have the advantage of an early investigation you frequently have an advantage in resolving the claim because when you negotiate from a position of strength you frequently have a significant advantage with insurance companies.