No one expects to get into a car accident, but being prepared in case one happens is a great way to ease anxiety and ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible. Below are some tips to keep in mind before and after a car accident in Woodland Hills…
Before the accident
– Keep a safety kit, with first-aid and safety equipment, in the car.
– Keep important documents, such as your insurance documents, car registration, emergency numbers, and a pen and notepad, where you can find them.
– Finally, keep your cell phone charged. If you are stuck on the side of the road without a phone nearby, you want to make sure you have access to your insurance company and loved ones without fear of your phone batteries failing.
After the accident
– Move your vehicle to safer area if possible, and stop your vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.
– Check to make sure it’s safe to exit the vehicle before doing so.
– Check on the other passengers and drivers involved. Refrain from making comments to other drivers such as, “I’m sorry I did this,” “This is your fault,” or “This is my fault.” Focus on safety and well-being.
– Call the police. Even in minor accidents, a police report can still be useful.
– Document as much information as possible, such as driver and passenger names, insurance information, license information, location of the accident, makes and models of all vehicles involved, and whether there are any witnesses. Take photos of the accident scene with your phone or camera.
– File an insurance claim.
Speaking with a knowledgeable lawyer
If you have been involved in an accident and sustained serious injuries and/or your car has incurred serious damage, you may want to consult an attorney who focuses on car accident claims.
A Woodland Hills auto accident attorney can potentially help you recover money for lost wages, for past and future medical bills, and for pain and suffering as well as advise you on what to do when the insurance company calls you about the insurance claim. You want to avoid signing a settlement agreement for an amount that is less than you deserve or less than what you would otherwise be entitled to a recover. Consulting with an attorney early about your case could save time, energy, and money.
For more information on how to file a car accident claim, contact experienced personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg today.