If you are in a car accident, it is imperative you take the proper steps otherwise you may not receive fair compensation for your injuries. It is best to know what action you would take before you are ever involved in an accident. Keep in mind the following steps to take immediately following a car accident.
Check for Injuries
Check with everyone in your car and any other car involved in the accident to determine if there are any injuries. If someone has been injured call for an ambulance and remain at the scene of the accident until they arrive. This is required by California law.
Taking photos immediately after the accident will help you remember the scene. Photograph the vehicles and the area. Focus on areas of damage to the vehicles. If you have any injuries photograph those as well.
You should record the contact information for all drivers that were involved in the collision. Also, write down all the details you remember what happened. Include information about traffic levels and weather conditions. Consider drawing a picture of what happened. This information will be helpful later on when you are recounting what happened and can’t quite remember all of the details clearly.
Many people automatically want to apologize but avoid admitting fault for the accident at this point in time. Even a passing comment that you are sorry can be used at a later time to reduce your compensation.