First Steps after a Car Crash
Your actions in the moments after a car crash are critical—they can make the difference between life and death of injury victims, and they provide an opportunity to preserve crucial evidence. Los Angeles car crash attorney Nicholas R. Allis explains how to effectively handle this stressful time to preserve your health and your rights.
What to do after a car crash
- Step 1: Call for help. One call to 911 sends ambulances, fire trucks, and police to the scene to help with any emergency situations. Nothing is more important than the health of everyone involved in the accident. Make this call immediately.
- Step 2: Gather contact information. If you or a passenger in your vehicle is physically able, obtain contact and insurance information from all drivers, and be sure to ask for contact information of any witnesses. But keep your conversation to a minimum—do not discuss the accident, and do not accept fault.
- Step 3: Obtain and retain evidence. Los Angeles car crash lawyers build the most effective cases when a preponderance of evidence is available. Use your cell phone camera to take photos of all vehicles, the accident scene, your injuries, and the injuries of anyone else, if possible. Retain clothing or other items damaged in the crash, as well as police reports, receipts, and other paperwork pertaining to your injuries.
- Step 4: Contact Los Angeles car wreck attorneys. As soon as possible after the accident—and certainly before you file any insurance or other claims—call experienced Los Angeles car wreck lawyers to assess your case and advise you of the next steps to take.
Your options after the accident
When the negligence of someone else causes injury—whether that person is another driver, or even individuals responsible for poorly maintained roads—you have a right to full and fair compensation for all expenses related to your injury. In some cases, a simple insurance claim may be all that is needed to protect your rights, but when severe injury is involved, it may be necessary to pursue an out-of-court settlement or even take your case before a jury.
It makes sense to consult with Los Angeles accident lawyers before signing insurance settlement offers, and certainly before attempting to negotiate with the attorney of the negligent party.
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You should not have to pay out of pocket when you are injured in a car accident due to the negligence of someone else. If you are injured in a car accident, contact the Law Offices of Nicholas R. Allis. There is no charge for our services unless we win your case.