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What to do after a Car Accident

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Car accidents are a very common occurrence throughout the Los Angeles area. The city and county of Los Angeles are typically highly congested traffic areas, and numerous vehicles travel on roadways day and night. Almost every person will be involved in a car accident at some point or another in their life, whether this is relatively minor or a severe crash. Following are some steps to take in the event of a car accident:

  • Stay calm. Take a few deep breaths and a moment to consider what has happened. Look around. If possible, pull your vehicle to the side of the road to avoid additional accidents.

  • If you can, get out of the vehicle and see if anyone else was hurt. Render medical assistance to others if you are able to.

  • Seek medical attention for yourself, even if you feel you are not seriously injured. In some cases, car accident injuries may not present for hours or even days.

  • Call 911 to report the accident.

  • Exchange driver and contact information with anyone else who was involved in the accident.

  • Get the information of any witnesses present.

  • Take pictures of the scene. These may prove useful later in filing your insurance claim or lawsuit.

  • Take notes of what occurred and keep records of all medical treatment and anything else you think may be pertinent to your case.

  • If the other driver's insurance adjuster arrives at the scene or contacts you regarding the accident, refrain from discussing the cause of the accident or even the extent of your injuries. They may only be seeking information that will limit their client's liability.

  • As soon as possible, contact a Los Angeles car accident lawyer. A lawyer can assist you with your insurance claim and in handling all legal matters related to the accident.


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