To protect your safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we offer telephone and video conferences. Please contact our office today to set up a remote consultation. For more information, read our blog post.

Never accept cash from the other driver after an accident

Numerous car accidents happen every day around Florida. The media tends to focus on those that result in death or significant injuries, such as one multi-car crash in Neptune Beach that left several people seriously injured. 

When it comes to smaller accidents and fender benders, a lot of drivers assume they do not have to follow the same steps as a more serious car crash. Those steps include contacting your insurance agency and not trying to settle things with the other driver on your own. There have been incidents where the driver clearly at fault offers the other driver cash on the scene to not report the incident. Even if the driver seems nice, you never want to take this money. 

You could have injuries that take weeks to appear

Following a car accident, you want to have a doctor examine you. The symptoms of whiplash typically do not manifest until a few days after the collision. You could have sustained other injuries, such as tissue damage, that are not readily apparent. When you take cash, you harm your ability to collect full damages for all the medical bills you might incur. 

You do not know if the other driver has ulterior motives

When the other driver is clearly at fault, he or she may offer you money to go away. After you leave the scene, this driver contacts the police to file a hit-and-run report. You no longer have any evidence to dispute the driver's report. This complicates matters greatly, and you could see your auto insurance rates go up as a result. You could also face legal difficulties for your failure to report the accident.

You do not yet know the repair costs

On the surface, it can be tough to see what damage your car has suffered. The body could look fine, but the collision could have caused damage to the transmission. It could take thousands of dollars to repair your car. You need to file a claim with your insurance company to pay for this and make sure you are not left without a safe vehicle to drive. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Testimonials Client Testimonials

  • I was injured at work directly due to poor management decisions. I worked as a lifeguard and a child that was in the care of the day care facility on the campus ran away. He was in immediate danger. I… Shona M.
  • I have recommended Jonathan Levy and his law firm to my friends and one of them became his client. I am truly grateful for everything Jonathan Levy and his team have done on my behalf. He is truly a wonderful attorney. Faithe C.
  • Much to my surprise not only did they win my lawsuit but I ended up getting 3 times the original amount I was expecting to get! I could not have been more pleased with the staff and the outcome. Allison M.
  • If it wasn’t for your help, I know I wouldn’t have been able to win my case. I know that it was far away for you to come to Miami but your professionalism was outstanding. I will always recommend you. Maria W.
  • You might say you were even just doing your job, however, I think it’s essential that you realize how fortunate I am to have such a trusted esteemed attorney in my corner, blessed really. Anonymous
See All Testimonials
Write To Us

Have Questions? Need Legal Help?

We invite you to call our office at 561-331-5134 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your injury, illness or disability with one of our experienced lawyers. You can also send us an email.

Our team is happy to talk with you about your situation and what we can do to help you get back on track.

Contact Us

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Community Support

Our firm is proud to support organizations in the community. To the right are just a few of the community organizations we support:

  • American Lung Association of Florida – Southeast Area
  • Diabetes Research Institute
  • Hospice of Palm Beach County
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Karma Kastles
Read More

West Palm Beach
1401 Forum Way Sixth Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: 561-331-5134
West Palm Beach Law Office Map

Port St. Lucie
1660 SW St. Lucie West Blvd Suite 300
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Phone: 561-331-5134
Port St. Lucie Law Office Map

  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawyers
  • The Florida Bar | Board Certified
  • Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S.News | 2020