I Was Injured in a Hit. What Do I do?
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident of any kind, there are several steps you must take to protect yourself and your rights, should you later decide to make a claim against the other party responsible for your injuries. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles, you may be eligible to recover damages for your losses, including medical bills and pain and suffering.
Seeking Medical Attention
If you were seriously injured in a car accident, you will need to seek medical attention immediately. Receiving treatment for any current injuries should be your top concern.
Even if you have no visible injuries and feel fine, it may still be a good idea to seek medical attention. While medical treatment may not be as pressing an issue when you do not feel hurt, some injuries take time to develop. Our bodies’ fight-or-flight response can block the pain from injuries that developed during a stressful or shocking event, like a car accident, for days, weeks, or longer.
Call the Police
Call the police immediately following any car accident, however minor it may be. Some insurance policies even require a police report.
Documenting the Scene
While waiting for the police to arrive, you can take steps to document the scene of the accident yourself. If you can safely do so, take pictures of the accident scene, including the positioning of the cars, the damage to all vehicles involved, the weather conditions, the conditions of the road, the signage present, the license plates of cars involved, and anything else that seems pertinent.
Most people have access to camera phones, but it is always a good idea to keep a disposable camera in your glove box, in case your phone does not work or you do not have it with you.
Interaction with the Other Parties and Witnesses
Exchange insurance information with the other parties involved in the accident. Obtain the name, contact information, license plate number, insurance company and policy number for the other drivers. If witnesses approach, you may want to obtain their information as well. Do not discuss the accident with any other the parties, bystanders, or witnesses. Do not apologize, make accusations or discuss fault.
Consulting an Experienced Southern California Car Accident Lawyer Who Can Help
Only an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney can advise you regarding your rights following an accident. For more information and to schedule a free consultation with a Southern California car accident lawyer, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today at 888.848.5084.