Being involved in an injury accident can be frightening and traumatic. The steps taken immediately after an accident are crucial. Medical expenses, including ambulance transportation, emergency room visits, doctor consultations and physical therapy are costly. Property damage claims for repairs, loss of use and replacement of a vehicle can be frustrating to resolve. And, if employed, you should be compensated for loss of earnings. It is important to know what to do if you are involved in an accident. Here are some tips:
Crucial steps following a car accident:
1. Ensure the safety of everyone-
It is important to check on the physical state of everyone involved in the accident. Call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance and medical attention, if needed.
2. File a police report-
If the police arrive at the scene of the accident, get the DR# of the Traffic Accident Report. Many times the responding officer will provide a card with this number and the name of the responding agency; California Highway Patrol (CHP), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. In less serious scenarios, you can file an accident report with your local agency.
3. Exchange information, but do not admit fault-
It is necessary to exchange names, numbers, addresses, driver’s license, license plate, and insurance information. It is important not to admit fault at the scene. You can use your cell phone to take pictures of the other driver’s license, auto license plate, and insurance card.
4. Get proof-
Talk to witnesses at the scene and ask for their names, numbers, and addresses. Take pictures of the property damage of all vehicles involved as well as the accident scene.
5. Call your insurance agent or company-
Inform them about the accident, not excluding any details. Cooperating with your insurance company is very important.
6. Keep track of ALL information regarding the accident-
Make sure you keep track of all your medical expenses after the accident. Make a note of how the medical injuries from the accident have affected your daily life- such as missed work days. If you have visible injuries, take pictures.
7. Hire an attorney-
You shouldn’t have to go through this alone. Hospital bills can be expensive and missed work days can be very costly. Attorneys are here to help you receive the best settlement you deserve. Know your rights. Get a free consultation. Get your life back on track.
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