What to Do After a Serious Car Accident
California Car Accident Attorneys
First of all, check to make sure you are safe and uninjured. If you are still driving, pull your car over to the side of the road and make sure there are no potential fire hazards nearby. If your car is burning, smoking, or you smell fuel, get out immediately and find safety. If anybody was injured and you are trained to do so, administer first aid and call an ambulance if needed. The safety of you and the other parties involved is the most important thing immediately following a car accident.
Stay Calm & Call the Police
Being involved in a car accident will get your adrenaline pumping and you may be on edge after the event. The best way to proceed is to take a deep breath and calm down. Angry or fearful actions may exacerbate the situation further. Calmly call the police and they will document the event objectively. Throughout this entire process, never admit fault to anyone, as that may impact your liability for the accident. If questioned, answer as honestly as possible, but do not outright admit fault.
Document, Document, Document
The best way to prove that you were not at fault is to collect as much information as possible about the car accident. Make sure to get the other driver’s license and car insurance information, and provide your own as well. Take as many pictures as you can of the scene of the accident, as long as you have confirmed that it is safe to do so. Pictures may become an invaluable resource later on. After you have documented everything with pictures and notes, notify your insurance provider immediately so they can act as quickly as possible.
Several ways you should document the event and its aftereffects are:
- Write down notes regarding all details of the car accident while it is fresh in your mind
- Take clear photographs of the scene of the accident and keep them safe and secure
- Report and document all medical symptoms to your healthcare providers
- Photograph, document, and journal any injuries and if their condition changes
- Keep a log of work days missed, doctor office visits, and physical therapy appointments
- Keep track of all your expenses
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you do not feel hurt, you may have sustained an injury during the car accident. Injuries like concussions or other internal injuries may not make themselves known to you until much later. A licensed medical professional should be able to accurately diagnose and treat you. The medical professional will also be able to document your injury, which may become a useful resource in any future legal proceedings.
Call (855) 930-2626
Insurance companies are not likely to offer you a fair settlement if you have been injured in a car accident. Their main priority is the company’s profit. They will try to minimize their payout in order to retain as much compensation as possible. On the other hand, our main priority is you. Contact us if you have been injured in a car accident and our team of California personal injury attorneys will be there for you. We will fight for your right to compensation and we only take personal injury cases on contingency. This means you will pay no legal fees unless we recover financial damages in a settlement or verdict. We will work day and night to help you get the financial resources you need.
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