What To Do After Being Involved in a Car Accident

posted byLA Attorneys GroupDecember 23, 2020

Car accidents are unfortunately very common and can result in serious injuries and fatalities. Thousands of car accidents happen every day in the United States alone.

A car accident has the potential for serious injuries and financial difficulty for car repairs and hospital bills.

Therefore, it is very important to know which steps to take after a car accident to ensure that you are fully compensated for your losses and that you can begin healing physically, emotionally, and financially.

In this article, we will discuss the steps one should take after being involved in a car accident.

What To Do At the Scene of the Car Accident

We understand that the moments after an accident can be traumatic, especially if the accident is serious and requires medical attention.

However, the moments after an accident takes place are the most important for building a viable case in court.

Therefore, there are several steps one should take at the scene of the accident, only if possible and safe at that moment.

First and foremost, ensure that everyone who needs medical attention gets that attention immediately.

Often, when one is in a state of shock they do not feel pain due to the increase of adrenaline released in the brain. This can be dangerous, as the injured person may not understand the severity of their injuries.

Rather than shrugging-off the fact that you feel no pain at that moment, go and see a doctor to ensure that you are being treated properly and that health complications do not arise later down the line, such as a broken bone or concussion.

Ensure to keep track of all medical expenses, as you can be compensated for them later. Documenting all treatments that you have to undergo as a result of the accident is important for building a case in court.

The next important step to take at the scene of the accident is to gather as much information as possible.

As previously mentioned, you may be injured or cannot gather information at the moment. However, if possible, gathering the necessary information will help build a stronger case in court and ensure greater compensation.

Take pictures of the scene and the damage that was done to your vehicle and the other vehicle. Pictures of the scene can often help determine who is at fault and to perfect each party is at fault because it gives more context to the accident.

You should also take pictures of your injuries, as these will also determine the amount of compensation you receive.

Additionally, exchange information with the other party involved. This includes writing down the other driver’s name, phone number, insurance information, and license plate. This information will be important when filing a third-party insurance claim.

It can also be very helpful to get the contact information of witnesses at the scene who could provide an unbiased bystander report of the situation.

How to File a Car Accident Claim in California

An insurance claim is when a policyholder, or the person paying for coverage, files for compensation for losses covered by their insurance policy.

In the case of a car accident, an insurance claim can cover the damages to your car and provide compensation for injuries.

The steps to filing a car accident claim include:

  • Report the accident to your insurer as soon as possible. When you contact them, be sure to have the information you gathered, such as who was driving, which vehicle was involved, when and where the accident took place, a description of what had happened, the other driver's insurance, and their contact information.
  • File a police report for the accident, which should have taken place at the scene. This will be necessary information to provide your insurance company with.
  • An insurance adjuster will then evaluate your case with the information you provide. Because this information may determine who is at fault based on the way you choose to frame it and the photos and details you provide, an attorney will be helpful for this step.
  • Finally, the insurance claim will be evaluated and resolved.

It is important to keep in mind that California follows at-fault negligence laws .

This means the driver of the other vehicle must be deemed responsible for the accident for the other party to file a claim and seek compensation.

Additionally, California also follows comparative negligence laws.

This means that the amount of compensation will be reduced according to the percentage each party is deemed at-fault for the accident.

How a Lawyer Can Help After a Car Accident

It is important to contact an attorney after being in a car accident because they will ensure that you are presenting your case to the insurance company in the correct way. They will also ensure that the settlement your insurance company provides is fair.

Additionally, a lawyer can help evaluate your case fully and help you file an accident claim.

Although legal representation is not necessary for every car accident case, it is especially important for more serious accidents that require compensation for medical expenses and serious damages to your vehicle.

Conclusion

Here at LA Attorneys , we understand that a car accident may cause lasting physical and emotional damage. That is why we are here to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve by evaluating and presenting your case in court.

Our team of car accident experts will thoroughly analyze your car accident case, gather the necessary evidence, and build a strong defense with you so that you file an accurate insurance claim and present a strong case in court.

With our expertise in negotiation and our in-depth knowledge of car accident claims, we will help you obtain the maximum settlement.

If you have been in a car accident and would like legal representation or a free consultation, contact us today !

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