The minutes, hours, and days after your car accident can be some of the most important moments of your life. Not only is your health of the utmost priority during this time, but your financial future is as well.
The California auto accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers have helped car accident victims for more than three decades, and we know that time is of the essence during these situations. If you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident and you’re not sure what to do next, give us a call at (800) 400-BERG or fill out a free online form. We want to help you make the right decisions after your accident.
Nine Things to Do After a Car Accident in California
Taking these nine steps after your car accident can help protect your health and rights to compensation:
- Call the police.
If anyone is injured or there is serious damage to vehicles or property, call the police. The police will compile an accident report which serves as a record of your accident.
- Get medical attention.
Victims with serious injuries should get emergency medical attention immediately. But even if you think your injuries are relatively minor, it’s still important to get examined by a doctor as soon as possible. Internal injuries, soft tissue injuries, stiffness, and other types of injuries can develop slowly after the accident, and seemingly minor injuries can get worse. If you make a car accident claim, this initial medical report can serve as valuable evidence of the seriousness of your injuries.
- Take pictures.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and photos of your vehicle, your injuries, the accident scene, and anything else you think may be relevant can serve as valuable evidence when pursuing a personal injury claim.
- Don’t admit fault or apologize.
Whether it’s to the police, witnesses, or the other driver, it’s important that you never admit fault for the accident. Accidents happen quickly and can be confusing. While it’s human nature to express concern for the other driver, admitting fault or apologizing may jeopardize your rights to compensation, even if it’s later proven you weren’t at fault or were only partially at fault for causing the accident.
- Gather information.
You should get the full name, contact information, license plate number, and insurance policy number of the other driver. If there are any witnesses, be sure to get their contact information as well, so your lawyer can get in touch with them.
- Write down what happened.
As soon as you’re able, write down everything you can remember about the accident. The more detail you can provide about what happened, the better your chances of receiving compensation.
- Don’t talk to the insurance company.
The insurance company may contact you in the days following the accident and ask you to sign a contract for a settlement. Don’t sign, and don’t answer the phone if you can help it. Signing any settlements may nullify your rights to full compensation for the accident.
- Keep copies of records and receipts.
Keep a receipt for every expense related to your accident. The costs of medical treatment, rental cars, vehicle repairs, medications, transportation to and from the doctor, and more may be recovered.
- Call a lawyer.
An experienced California auto accident attorney can protect you from the insurance company, compile and submit all accident-related evidence, and help you get maximum damages for your medical bills and lost wages.
- Call the police.
At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’re used to dealing with insurance company tactics. And we offer the No Fee Guarantee® with our services, which means no upfront costs and no attorney’s fees unless you recover compensation. After your accident, the more time we have to build the strongest possible case for you, the better. So don’t wait another day to get the help you need—contact us today.