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Car accidents are terrifying enough? When you are caught in the mist of an accident you may wonder what to do next. If you find yourself in an auto accident. Our law offices have compiled a checklist of the top 12 things to do after an accident. Any San Diego car accident can leave you stuttering and confused. Let us help you get it together:
1. Don’t Leave The Scene
Never leave the scene of an accident unless eminent danger is present. If you leave during an accident you can face serious criminal penalties for acting as a hit-and-run driver.
2. Check On All Who Are Involved In Accident
Before you start checking your vehicle for property damage make sure to offer everyone medical help who has been involved. DO NOT MOVE the person in the vehicle unless they are in eminent danger such as the car is on fire. You could cause more damage to the person by unprofessionally moving them.
3. Dial 9-1-1
Call the authorities and notify them that medical attention is needed. No matter how bad or small the accident is be sure to call them to file a police report and ensure they receive all the correct information.
4. Exchange Information
Get the names, numbers, addresses, drivers’ license numbers, license plate numbers, and basic insurance information from all drivers involved. If there are passengers, also obtain their names, numbers, and addresses. Be cautious to admit fault or reference fault during any of your conversation. Even apologizing for what you did at the accident can be an admission of guilt and relinquish your case to defeat.
5. Talk To Those Who Witnessed The Accident
A car accident lawyers enter trials and finds key witnesses to give testimony. Your witnesses will support your claim if you are not at fault for the accident. Their testimony can help you win your case and compensation from the insurance company. Be sure to collect their names, numbers, addresses, and pertinent information about them.
6. Notify Your Insurance Company
File a claim with your insurance company after an accident. Explain to them in detail and deliver pictures and other evidence to support your claim. Obtain your police report or claim # and submit it to your insurance company. The police report is a powerful way to display your case when you are not at fault.
7. Keep Your Medical Treatment Records.
Your lawyers will advise you to seek medical treatment and to keep detailed track of your sustained injuries. Be sure to collect doctors notes, medical records, and a record of every appointment from each medical provider. Request receipts for all your medical treatments so your medical expenses can be payed for by the at fault drivers insurance company. Be sure to include any days of work missed, daily activities you are not allowed to undertake, and how your family life has been affected.
8. Document The Scene
Take photos of every angle after your accident. Make sure to take as many pertinent photos and video as possible. It would be wise to record video of you talking and explaining the scene and how the incident occurred. If you have any before and after picture that offer a stark comparison would be helpful for your case.
9. Get A Property Damage Valuation
Obtain your insurance company’s damage valuation. If you aren’t satisfied with how your insurance company has valued your vehicle, don’t give up. Get two independent repair estimates or replacement quotes. Assertively inform the adjuster of your concerns. If you can’t agree on your car’s value, consider mediation or consult an attorney.
11. Be Wary of Early Settlement Offers
Be careful if you’re offered a settlement from an insurance company. Confirm all your physical injuries have been treated. Some injuries don’t show up or reach their greatest level of discomfort until many days, weeks, or months later. Don’t settle a claim until you know you’ll be compensated for all your injuries, and consult an attorney before signing any settlement documents.
12. Consider Hiring an Attorney
If anyone was injured in the accident, it’s best to consult an experienced attorney. An attorney can help you maximize your recovery if you’re injured or better defend yourself if you’re at fault. Many accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that your lawyer only receives a fee if you’re awarded damages or receive a settlement. Contact an experienced injury attorney today and learn more.
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