Your Immediate Concerns After An Accident in California
Knowing what to do after an accident means knowing what to do at the scene, in the hours that follow, and in the weeks and months to come. Taking the right steps is crucial to your health as well as securing the compensation you deserve. Read on to learn more about what you should do. Then, call Ryan Sargent of the Sargent Law Firm in California at 888-501-6083 to get started. Remember, California allows for just a two-year statute of limitations within which you must make your injury claim.
Move to safety and assess injuries. In the immediate aftermath of an accident, the preeminent concern is the welfare and safety of all individuals involved. In the context of a roadway accident, those involved should take care to move out of the way of oncoming traffic as quickly as possible. From there, be sure to dial 911 right away, even if injuries seem minor or non-existent. In some cases, the adrenaline rush that accompanies a sudden impact can mask the presence of injury. For this reason, it is vital to submit to a medical evaluation as soon as possible following the incident, as some injuries can be serious or even fatal if left untreated.
Assuming that all involved parties are not in grave medical danger, there are a number of other post-accident steps to take (described below), many of which help preserve evidence and protect victims in the event an injury claim is forthcoming.
The Minutes and Hours After An Accident
In the minutes and hours directly following an accident, it is important to gather as much information about the incident as possible. Shortly after the police arrive on the scene, all accident participants and witnesses should make a detailed statement about what happened immediately prior to the collision. From there, it is important to take the following steps:
- Exchange contact and insurance information with all individuals involved in the crash.
- Take photographs of the scene, documenting every angle of the vehicle and surrounding debris.
- Make note of the weather conditions, time of day, and any nearby hazards that may have contributed to the incident.
- Speak with witnesses about what they heard and saw concerning the accident.
- Refrain from making any statements about who may be responsible for the collision.
From there, it will be necessary to make arrangements for any damaged property to be removed from the scene, with which the police may be able to assist. Those involved in the crash should also arrange to speak with their insurance provider about the incident, as well as arrange for an assessment of property damage and bodily injuries.
Days, Weeks and Months Following the Crash
File your insurance claim. In the days, weeks and months following the crash, consider the possibility of a personal injury action against the individual or individuals responsible for the collision. Speak with California personal injury lawyer Ryan Sargent, particularly if an insurance company is pressuring you to settle as quickly as possible. A personal injury lawsuit can achieve highly-desirable results for injured victims, particularly if the accident resulted in significant bodily injury or permanent disability.
Stay organized. As you collect medical bills, receipts, repair estimates, and other evidence of your damages, file them away in a dedicated folder. Also start a pain journal where you document the effects of the accident and your resultant injuries on your life. This will help us build your case and thoroughly prove your damages.
Contact the Sargent Law Firm today!
If you were in an accident and believe another party may be at fault, please do not hesitate to contact the Sargent Law Firm in California today: 888-501-6083.