How Much Do You Know About What to Do – And What Not to Do – After a Car Accident in California
The majority of people will experience an automobile accident at some point in their lives, yet many do not know the first thing about how to handle it. Continue reading to find out the dos and don’ts of post-auto accident behavior. Keep in mind that you may get a free legal consultation right away by calling Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707.
Remain at the scene
Even if you are not at all to blame for the collision, leaving the scene could result in a hit-and-run accusation, which is a felony. After the collision, you must stop and share information with the other driver(s). Of course, the only exception is if you or someone else in your car has been seriously hurt and needs to get to the hospital. Then, as soon as you can, call the police to report it.
Get help from the police
It is crucial to summon emergency personnel to the scene of the accident if there is even a slight injury. You should call the police if there are no injuries but at least $500 worth of property damage. Of course, you will dial 9-1-1 if you need emergency assistance.
Do not move your car unless absolutely necessary
If moving your car is necessary for your safety, do so. Otherwise, you should capture pictures of all the cars involved in the accident before they move, regardless of how agitated other drivers may be. You can also record videos. To determine how the accident occurred and who was at fault, it is crucial to record the precise locations of all the vehicles.
Do collect as much data as you can while on the scene
Start by learning more about the other parties involved. This contains phone details, insurance details, and more. then discover more about their automobiles. This extends to vehicle identification numbers (VINs) as well. Get names, addresses, and phone number for people who witnessed the accident as well. Make notes about the environment, the state of the roads, any closed lanes, adjacent signage, and anything else that might be relevant to your case. Do not presume that you will recall these crucial details.
Do not contact your insurance provider without first speaking with a lawyer
You will be tempted to get in touch with your insurance provider. Avoid doing this. Call a personal injury lawyer instead. We can make sure you do not say anything unintentionally that could be used against you. Even the smallest inconsistency can be used as “proof” that you are not lying about your injuries, despite the fact that you might believe that as long as you were truthful and stuck to the facts, everything would be great.
Call the Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas right away for a free legal consultation at 909-982-0707.