California Car Accident Lawyers
What Should You Do After An Accident?
Follow these steps:
Always make sure you get the other driver’s information.
Take photos of every car in the accident. Even if your car wasn’t damaged much, taking photos of the other car(s) could help you in the future.
If there are witnesses, get their contact info.
Get yourself checked out for injuries as soon as possible.
If you’re injured, call an accident lawyer. They can give you free advice.
Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident?
Lawyers For The People represents clients who have been injured in accidents. If you have a potential claim or legal question, contact us here.
Always Get The Other Driver’s Information
We have seen countless situations where people failed to collect the other driver’s information. This makes it very hard when making a claim for any injuries or damage to your vehicle. In the event the other driver runs after the accident, be sure to contact the police and stay at the scene to file a report.
Take Photos of Your Car’s Damage and Any Other Vehicles Involved in the Accident
Car damage in accidents is not always equal. Sometimes, a larger car might have very minor damage, while a smaller vehicle could be totalled. A common insurance tactic is to devalue a claim because there wasn’t significant damage to the claimant’s vehicle. The best thing you can do after an accident is take several photos of any involved vehicles.
Collect Any Witness Information
Determining liability after an accident can be very difficult. In accidents like sideswipes, looking at the damage alone won’t be enough to determine fault. If there are any witnesses to the accident, ask them for their contact information. If police respond to the scene, they will collect statements, but it’s always a good idea to get as much evidence as possible.
**Additional Helpful Info** - If you have a dash cam or you notice the other car has a dash cam, make a note of that. It could be helpful for you later. If you hire an attorney for your case, let them know about this info immediately.
If You're Injured or Sore, Go to the Doctor
The worst thing you can do if you are injured in an accident is to not see a doctor. They will be able to help you figure out the best treatment options for your injuries. Even simple back pain or whiplash could potentially require chiropractic care or surgery.
Additionally, if you hire an attorney, these visits to the doctor get your injuries documented which can be helpful information for your claim.
Call An Accident Attorney
If you are unsure what you should do after an accident, you can always call a lawyer. At Lawyers for the People, we never charge for advice. We can walk you through the process of making a claim against an insurance company.