What to Do if You Have Been in a Car Accident

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An auto accident can have serious impacts on the lives of you and your loved ones. It can lead to injuries or death, high medical bills, and unforeseen expenses, and leave you with many unanswered legal questions.

Even if you suffer no physical injuries from an accident, the emotional damage from having an accident can affect how you drive. It can cause nervousness and anxiety. We have over 35 years of experience helping San Diego residents injured in a car accident. Call us today for a free consultation.

What Should I Do at the Scene of an Accident?

Before you do anything it is important to make sure that you or no one else is injured. An injury may become worse if you try to move yourself or a passenger.

If anyone is injured, immediately call for help If you are able to move your vehicle from the roadway, do so safely so you are out of the flow of traffic. Once you have safely moved the vehicle you can call the police or the California Highway Patrol to have them come begin the process of the accident report.

It is incredibly important that you do not leave the scene of the accident. California has strict penalties about hit and runs that could result in fines, jail time, or both. You are not required to say anything at the scene of an accident as this may be used against you later by insurance companies or by the other driver in court. Before you agree to pay for any damages or admit fault, you should consult an experienced attorney. You should however, be cooperative with the police in assisting their investigation.

At the accident scene, you should gather as much information as possible including the other driver’s personal information, including name, address and driver’s license number. If the driver does not own the car you should also get the owner’s information.

Additionally, ask for the other driver’s insurance information. California law requires that California drivers have insurance or other proof of financial responsibility. If the other driver caused the accident, and is not insured, make sure to at least get information about the car’s make, model, and license plate number. Additionally if the other driver does not have insurance, you may be able to look to your own policy for recovery depending on the coverage you have.

What Should I Do After an Accident?

You may need a physical checkup with your doctor if you have any concerns about the condition of your health. Even if you do not feel hurt immediately, there is a possibility that you may still have an injury.

If you want to make a claim for any injuries received or any property damage your vehicle sustained it is important to contact an attorney quickly. A lawyer can help you deal with insurance companies and get the compensation you deserve for your accident.

Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact a San Diego injury lawyer today. Our team of personal injury lawyers has over 35 years of experience helping clients. Contact us today for a free consultation.