What you do at the scene of a car accident in California can significantly impact your ability to successfully submit a claim for compensation. Here are the steps you should take at the scene of a car crash, and who can help you after you or a loved one have been injured in an accident.
1. Contact the Authorities
The first thing you must do, if you are able, is contact the authorities. If you suspect or know that people have been injured, call 911 as soon as possible. If the accident was minor and everyone appears to be fine, you can simply call your local police. Either way, it’s critical that you make the authorities in your area aware of the accident.
2. Take Photographs
Photographs are arguably the most important piece of evidence you can have after an accident. Take as many photographs of the scene of the accident, the damage to your vehicle, and the injuries to you and/or your passengers as you can.
3. Get the Information of Everyone on the Scene
While most people already know to get the contact and insurance information of the other driver after an accident, many people don’t think about getting the information of witnesses who may have seen what happened. If you notice anyone standing around, or if you see someone who may have witnessed the accident, get their contact information as well. The police may be able to reach out to them and take a formal witness statement, which may greatly help your case.
4. Go to the Hospital
Like photographs, medical records are a crucial piece of evidence in any car accident claim. It is important that you go to the hospital as soon as possible after the accident, even if you don’t feel like you have been hurt. You’ll need testing to determine if there are any underlying injuries that you may not be feeling due to shock, and you’ll need to show that you sought medical advice immediately in the event that you discover later on that you were, in fact, injured.
Contact the Law Offices of Donald J. Matson Today
Collecting evidence after a car crash is one thing, but only an experienced car accident attorney will know what to do with it. At the Law Offices of Donald J. Matson, we’ll help you file a claim that seeks the maximum amount of compensation available in your case. Call now at (626) 792-1900 or (626) 773-6965.