In a state where the main mode of transportation is driving, accidents are bound to happen. If you are a driver or passenger in the state of California and you were involved in a car accident, there are certain steps that you can take in order to ensure your rights are protected in the case of an injury or property loss.
Protecting Your Losses
Often times, the initial shock of a car accident may cause a sense of delirium for anyone involved and as the stress sets in time can feel more rushed than usual. If you were involved in an accident, whether it was at the fault of you or someone else, is necessary to understand the steps you need to take in order to protect yourself and your property.
- When involved in an accident it is important that you stop. No matter what, do not continue to drive away from where the accident took place. Once you stop turn on your hazard lights to let other drivers know that your vehicle is no longer in motion. If your accident occurred in the middle of a busy road, pull over on the shoulder leading the person who hit you or following the person you hit.
- A step often skipped, is crucial for those that may need to file an insurance claim in the future. After the accident occurs, even if it was minor, call the police. Upon their arrival, make sure to accurately describe the timeline of the collision to police for their report. Once the reporting officer collects information from all parties involved, they will provide you with a report number. Make sure to take note of this number so you are able to attain the police report whenever it is filed.
- Make sure to get pictures of the accident, even if there seems to be no damage. Take a picture of your car in the area that was involved in the accident and do the same for the other vehicles involved. This way you have a record of all damages that may or may not have been occurred.
- Before leaving the accident site, make sure to exchange information with the other drivers, passengers, and witnesses that were involved. Take an image of their driver’s license, insurance card, and get a contact information for reference.
- Once away from the collision site, get in contact with your insurance to report the accident and if you haven’t before, find out what exactly your policy covers in terms of potential medical bills related to your accident. Additionally, an individual should seek medical attention, unless they are absolutely sure that they did not sustain an injury. The reason for this is to make sure that you were not injured in the accident as even small collisions can often lead to serious injuries.
- Make sure to keep a file of all documents related to the accident, just in case you may need to hire an accident attorney.
The experienced injury lawyers at Ghozland Law Firm are here to help you. With decades of experience handling these types of claims, we understand the confusion that often accompanies an automobile accident. Contact us today to learn what legal remedies may be available to you.