Tips for Auto Accident Victims in California

When you are involved in an auto accident, it is often difficult to keep your wits about you, especially if you are injured, in pain or worried about a passenger in your vehicle.

Your first consideration is for your safety and the safety of your passengers.

If you are in a high traffic area, set up flares and put on your 4 way flashers. If you do not have apparent injuries, move away from the damaged vehicle out of the line of traffic. Try not to move the vehicles until the police have surveyed the scene.

Call 911 and report the accident.

Give the police as much information about your location as possible. While you are waiting for the police to arrive, contact your insurance company and report the accident.

Get contact information from others involved in the accident and from accident witnesses.

You must have the contact information from the other drivers involved in the accident. You will want their name, address, phone number, insurance company including address and phone number. Write down the make, model, color and year of the other vehicles involved in the accident. It is illegal to be an uninsured driver in the state of California and you will want to be sure that the specific vehicle is in fact insured.

Take pictures.

Since today’s smartphones are all equipped with cameras, use your cell phone and take pictures from as many angles as possible, including close up and distance. Make sure you are safe from traffic while you take your photos. If you or your passengers are injured take pictures of the interior or your vehicle as well.

Give factual information to the police or highway patrol.

Be very careful to provide factual information but don’t express guilt or admit to fault. Explain what happened, including your speed of travel and any observations about the other driver, especially if there was aggressive or careless driving on the part of other drivers.

If you are injured or even if you are unsure if you are injured, seek medical attention.

Injuries aren’t always apparent. You may have internal injuries or injuries that show up later. Seek medical attention to get checked out. Also get medical attention for the passengers in your vehicle. When you are given instructions from your doctor, write them down and follow them. If follow up is necessary make sure you keep your follow up appointments.

Keep a notebook of all of the accident information, including your expenses.

If you are injured in an accident and incur expenses, including lost work time, medical expenses, property damages, mental distress, disability, disfigurement or death of a passenger the person at fault can be held liable for those damages. A complete record of events and details is vital.

Contact an experienced Auto Accident Attorney

When you’re involved in any type of auto accident, it is crucial that you contact a personal injury attorney to represent your interests, not only against the other drivers but also to make sure you are fairly compensated by your own insurance company. Remember that insurance companies will ALWAYS try to keep their own costs as low as possible. McFarlin LLP’ experienced California Auto Accident Attorneys have helped many clients just like you get the best outcome out of their auto accident. Contact us today for a FREE consultation at 888-728-0044 or email us.