Auto Accident Attorney Canoga Park CA
If you or a loved one has been impacted by a hit and run accident, you may be understandably panicked. Please, take a moment to breathe and clear your head so that you can be an effective advocate for yourself or your loved one moving forward.
Hit and run accidents are never completely innocuous, so even if you do not believe that any injuries have resulted from the accident, please call 911. It Is important to get checked out medically because injuries like hairline bone fractures, internal bleeding, concussions, and soft tissue injuries can be hard to spot at first glance.
Once you have called 911, please consider calling an auto accident attorney. It is generally a very good idea to have a Canoga Park CA attorney by your side as you answer questions from law enforcement, speak with witnesses, gather evidence, and generally act in ways that may impact your legal options down the road. Speaking with us will not commit you to having to take any kind of legal action, but doing so may help to preserve your options until you are ready to make any legally-related decisions pertaining to your hit and run accident.
After you have called for medical assistance and have made contact with an auto accident attorney, you may want to consider gathering some information. If you are too injured or mentally shaken to gather this information, don’t worry. We will help you navigate this process as soon as it is practically possible to do so. However, if you feel that you can, try to write down any relevant information you can remember. This information may be increasingly difficult to recall as time passes, so writing it down now is best.
What should you write down? The following will be very helpful to your case:
- The exact date and time the accident occurred
- The location the accident occurred in as much detail as possible
- The color, make, model, year and license plate number of the car (or as much of this information as you have access to)
- Direction(s) the driver came from and ultimately headed
- The names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident
- Anything that strikes you as noteworthy
- Did the driver have a distinct appearance?
- Did the vehicle have bumper stickers?
- Did the vehicle appear to have been involved in a previous collision?
All of this information may prove critical later on.
If your vehicle was hit (as opposed to your person while walking or your bike while cycling), you may be tempted to call your insurance carrier immediately. It is generally a good idea to speak with an auto accident attorney first, after you have spoken to the police, so that you have all relevant information before filing an insurance claim. Doing things in this order also allows you to ask any legal questions before filing a claim and helps to avoid crossed wires of communication between you, your attorney, law enforcement, and your insurance carrier.
We’re On Your Side
We understand that hit and run accidents are uniquely stressful situations. As a result, it is important for you to know that we are on your side. No one should ever have to experience what you’re going through. We are eager to help you navigate this process, to aid you in obtaining compensation if possible and to preserve your legal options along the way.