What to Do After a Car Accident

What to Do After a Car Accident

A car accident can upend your life and leave you with serious injuries that affect your ability to work and function normally for weeks, months, or even the rest of your life. Knowing what to do after a car accident and whom you can trust can be confusing at best; you need a legal professional on your side who understands car accident law in California and how to get you the results you need to heal and move forward with your life. 

The support and advocacy of a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer at Ellis Law can help you maximize your chances of financial recovery after a crash. If you or your loved one suffered injuries through no fault of your own, we could help you secure the medical care and compensation to which you are entitled. Schedule a free consultation today. 

Get to a Place of Safety  

Moving out of traffic is essential immediately following a collision with another driver. There is always the risk of secondary collisions with other vehicles as they pass the crash site. These risks are significant, especially if you are forced to exit your vehicle. Move your car to the shoulder of the road or even a nearby parking lot when possible. This will provide a safer location to wait for the police to arrive.  

Notify Law Enforcement 

The law requires drivers to notify the police of an accident when it results in a death, bodily injury, or significant property damage. Failure to do so could potentially damage your personal injury claim.  

When you notify the police of the crash, they will respond to the scene and file a report. This involves interviewing all parties and any witnesses who might be present. You have the opportunity to ensure that the details the police put into their report are accurate. Make sure you request a copy of this report once it is available.  

Seek Medical Care 

If you are injured, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. For serious injuries, you may be transported in an ambulance from the scene of the accident to an emergency room. However, you should also seek treatment for seemingly minor injuries because adrenalin floods the body and masks pain. Serious injuries can, therefore, have delayed onset symptoms such as a concussion.  

Seeing the ER doctor is not enough. To improve your chances of making a full recovery, you must follow up with your doctor and follow their treatment plan. This can improve your medical outcome and strengthen your personal injury case by preventing your injuries from worsening and creating a paper trail that can be used as evidence.  

Do Not Admit Fault at the Scene of the Accident  

It is common for people in motor vehicle collisions to discuss the accident, especially with the other involved parties. However, doing so could hurt your personal injury claim. Anything you say to the other driver could be held against you in court, especially if it could be misconstrued as an admission of fault.  

Limiting contact with the other driver is the best course of action. You are required by law to share your license number and insurance policy details, but you are not obligated to discuss any of the details of the crash. Limiting these discussions could put your Los Angeles car accident lawyers in the best position to help you secure financial compensation. 

Schedule a Free Consultation  

Speaking to a lawyer is one of the most critical steps after a car accident. Our team at Ellis Law can attend to the complexities of determining liability and negotiating with insurance companies. We can also assess your accident-related needs both at present and in the future to be sure you do not settle for less compensation than you need to recover. You do not have to face the challenge of a civil lawsuit alone. Call our California injury lawyers as soon as possible for a free consultation. Since we work on a contingency basis, there are no upfront legal fees.