At The Aslanian Law Firm, we know that auto accidents are always traumatic. That is why we have put together a checklist of things you should do and know following an accident.
1. Assess the Situation – Determine whether you or your passenger(s) were injured.
2. Call the Police – Do not hesitate to call 911 if you have sustained any personal injury or property damage. It is always helpful to have a report of the incident, as people’s recollections can fade over time. Note though, that some police department will only come out if injuries are reported. However, a call should almost always be placed to have the authorities come out.
3. Gather Information – ALWAYS exchange information with all parties involved in an auto accident. Even if the other party is offering to pay cash for your property damage, it is always a good idea to gather their insurance information. It is California law to carry auto insurance, thus, there is no reason why the other party should not have proof of valid auto insurance. In the event that the other party is uninsured, make sure that the police are notified immediately. Aside from insurance information, note the other vehicles’ information (license plate, VIN #, color, make and model), as well as each driver’s information.
4. Get Information for Any Potential Witness – non-biased witness are always helpful. It is always a great idea to get the names and contact information of third-party bystanders/witnesses. Even if you have a passenger in the vehicle, insurance companies may discount their testimony as being biased. Therefore, if there are witnesses to the incident, it is always a good idea to get their names and contact information, especially in an accident where police are not present.
5. Take Photos – take photos of the vehicles, the scene of the accident, and any injuries you observe. Proper documentation of any damages and injuries are key in a disputed liability case. Please take care to ensure your safety when taking photos at any accident scene.
6. Get Medical Treatment Immediately – injuries may not present themselves immediately at the time of the accident. As most people are not medical care providers, they may not know the warning signs of an injury. It is good idea to visit your doctor for a physical assessment following an auto accident.
7. Speak to an Accident Attorney – Before contacting the insurance companies, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable accident attorney, as they will counsel you on your rights and on how best to proceed. Insurance companies often try to settle claims quickly and for less than what victims deserve. Refrain from providing any written or recorded statement to insurance companies prior to speaking to an attorney. Your attorney should be familiar with these processes and will facilitate the best way to proceed.
8. Notify your Insurance Company – Although you may choose to go through the other parties’ insurance policy for reimbursement for damages, you may want to notify your insurance carrier of the incident.
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