Being involved in an auto accident in California can leave you injured and confused. Would you know what to do? No one gets in the car and plans to get into an auto accident. They happen so fast that it can be hard to remember to do the basics. If you’re involved in an auto accident in Woodland Hills, California, follow these steps.
Call the Police
You need to obtain a report regarding the auto accident. The police will arrive on the scene, document the accident, and may also issue citations if they believe that any of the parties involved broke a law that caused the accident. You’ll be given a report number. In a few days, you can call the responding police department and request a copy of the report.
The police may also facilitate the exchanging of information between you and any other driver involved. This may include insurance information for you and any other involved parties, driver’s license information, and contact information.
Take Photos of the Scene
If you do not require emergency medical care, use your smart phone and take photos of the scene. Make note of any stop signs, speed limit signs, stop lights, weather conditions, and damage to the vehicles involved. This can be very helpful should you need to pursue a personal injury claim in California.
Get Medical Care
Of course, if you are seriously injured, call 911. Many Woodland Hills auto accidents are serious. It is important that you get medical care. Even if you do not believe that you’re seriously injured, make sure that you see a doctor. After an auto accident occurs, our bodies may be flooded with adrenaline which could make it harder for you to know whether you are hurt. Going without medical care can make some injuries worse.
Do Not Admit to Fault
If you believe that you’re at fault or if the other parties are accusing you of causing the accident, do not admit fault. Fault must be proven. Some factors that would be considered by an insurance company or a California court include police reports (including an amended police report), California traffic laws (these could be state laws or city ordinances), whether the accident could be considered no-fault, or whether it is a rear-end auto accident.
Call an Attorney
As soon as you’ve been checked out by medical, call a licensed California attorney who focuses on auto accidents. An attorney can help you protect your rights and may also be able to help you get financial compensation for your injuries and property damage.
Do Not Sign Anything from the Insurance Company
The insurance company may try to get you to settle your claim for less than what it is worth. Once you sign a settlement agreement, you usually can’t go to court or ask for anything more than what the settlement agreement lists. To make sure that you are properly compensation, you should first speak with an attorney to make sure that you’re being offered a fair settlement.
For more information, or to discuss your auto accident case with an attorney at no charge, contact experienced accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg today.