16 Jul What to Do After a Car Accident
Car accidents can be traumatic and devastating both physically and financially. When someone else is responsible for causing your injuries, you may be able to get them to fairly compensate you by filing a car accident claim in Sacramento.
However, before any of that can take place, you first need to get through the initial aftermath of the accident. When you’ve been injured in a Sacramento car accident, you can follow the following steps to ensure your claim starts off right.
Exchange Insurance Information
Unless you or the other involved party, if one exists, are in immediate need of medical attention, you should attempt to exchange insurance information with the other party. California is a fault state when it comes to car accidents, which means those found liable for the accident are liable for the resulting losses.
If the driver who struck you was liable, their insurance company must cover your losses. Your lawyer can file a claim more easily if you are able to obtain the other driver’s insurance information.
Next, document as much evidence as you can. Cell phones are often readily available. While you’re still at the scene of the accident, you can take photos, videos. Grab few witness statements of anyone who might have stopped and get their contact information for your lawyer.
You also need to be sure that you are medically evaluated. In cases of serious injuries, you may not be able to exchange insurance information or gather evidence at the scene due to the extent of your injuries. Medical documentation will help establish how impactful the accident has been.
Even if you feel more or less OK after the accident, you should still go to the hospital or be seen by your primary care physician soon after the accident.
Not all injuries are immediately noticeable. You could be in shock, have a concussion, or even internal injuries that could be life threatening. Getting medical care is one of the most important responsibilities you have after being involved in a car accident.
Call a Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer
Once insurance information has been exchanged, you’ve been medically evaluated, and gathered whatever documentation of the accident you can, it’s time to contact a Sacramento car accident lawyer for assistance.
Your lawyer can take it from here and investigate the cause of the accident, determine who is liable for compensating you, negotiate with the insurance company, and gather the evidence needed to support your case.
When you need legal representation for your car accident in Sacramento, look no further than Crowell Law Offices. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation by calling 916-303-2800 or completing the convenient contact form at the bottom of this page.