A car accident, minor, major, and everything in between, can be a source of great stress and confusion, especially in the first few moments after being involved in one.
If you are involved in a car accident in Los Angeles, there are a few things you can do to protect your emotional sanity and legal rights. With that in mind, here are 6 tips to follow immediately after being involved in an auto accident:
1. Exchange information with other drivers involved.
Immediately ask for the names, phone numbers, addresses, driver’s license numbers, license plate number, insurance company, and insurance policy number of the other drivers and passengers.
2. Do not admit the accident was your fault.
Do not admit that you caused the accident, even if you think you may be only partially to blame. Do not apologize, in case that apology is used against you an admission of liability down the road.
3. Document the scene of the accident.
As soon as possible, and while everything is fresh in your mind, write down the date and time, location, and circumstances (weather, how busy the streets were, etc…) of the accident.
4. Look for witnesses.
Talk to anyone around the scene of the accident. Get all relevant contact information (name address, phone number, and driver’s license number) from bystanders who can provide details later if need be.
5. Seek appropriate medical care immediately.
There is no injury too small for a timely visit to the appropriate medical professional. Do not wait too long after the accident to seek medical attention. If you fail to inform your doctor or other medical professional of your injuries, the insurance company could potentially argue that you were not actually injured, making it difficult for a Los Angeles accident attorney to help you recover financial damages.
6. Contact an auto accident attorney.
The process of obtaining financial reimbursement for your auto accident injuries may prove to be challenging, if not impossible, without the assistance of an aggressive accident lawyer. Do not speak to insurance adjusters or sign any releases without first talking to a personal injury lawyer. If you are represented by an experienced attorney, you can ensure that your rights are protected, especially if the accident is very serious and/or you may be partially to blame.
For more information on how to protect your legal rights about being involved in a Los Angeles car accident, contact the trial lawyers at BIKLAW today.