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Car Accident Protocol: Immediately After the Crash

When you have just been involved in a car accident in California, it can prove difficult to keep a level head. Once shock kicks in, it is entirely possible for injured parties in a car accident to do and say things that may damage their chances of pursuing compensation for damages or end up inadvertently accepting liability for the accident.

There are a number of things you should do after a car accident to protect your own interests, while also ensuring other parties involved in the accident are safe and receive any necessary medical treatment.

After a Car Accident

After a car accident, you should check for injuries and check to see if other parties need medical assistance. If your vehicle is still operable, move the car off the road and onto the shoulder or to another location that is a safe distance from the road. You should also avoid remaining on the road if there is a location which provides safe distance from potential traffic.

If necessary, call emergency services to report the accident and request medical assistance. Car accidents on major roadways present a considerable risk of further injuries or even fatalities due to the initial vehicles being left in fast moving traffic.

Evidence from the Scene

If it is safe to do so, speak to witnesses and gather contact details. You can also request a copy of the police report if an officer is requested at the scene. There are details you can record at the scene which can help to establish who was liable for a car accident. Take photos of car tracks, the position of each vehicle, and the weather conditions at the time the accident. Do not share any of the information you gather with parties other than a car accident lawyer hired to represent you in a personal injury case.

If you do decide to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you in a car accident case, he or she can help you sort through and interpret evidence. Maison Law provides a free initial consultation which will give you the opportunity to discuss any potential lawsuits.

Medical Evidence

It is not uncommon for those who have been involved in a car accident to have delayed reactions to injuries. Seek a medical examination if you suspect you may have suffered injury as the result of a car accident. It is important to receive treatment and document medical evidence for your case. You can turn to doctor and hospital records for most medical evidence. However, do not forget to keep receipts for any out of pocket costs, such as over the counter medications, or therapies not covered by insurance.

Seek Legal Representation in California

It is important to count the costs when you have been involved in a car accident in California. You may have to content with medical bills, costs associated with repairing damaged property, lost wages (present and future), and loss of promotion. Reach out to Maison Law to represent you if you wish to pursue compensation for your injuries and damages.


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