Posted on July 29, 2009 in Personal Injury
The Los Angeles auto accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Cavalluzzi & Cavalluzzi want to help fellow residents of California preserve their rights during an unexpected motor vehicle accident. We have seen hundreds of these incidents over the years and feel a strong professional & personal obligation to offer our knowledge to help accident victims.
Your first duty at the scene of an accident is to make sure that you are physically & mentally stable. These incidents change lives in a matter of seconds by causing severe physical and psychological harm. If you are feeling compromised, try to relax and remain calm.
The next step is to make a phone call. Depending on the nature of your accident a call to one or all of the following agencies may be in order:
- Emergency medical services/911
- California DMV
- State or local police enforcement
If you are able, it is a good idea to begin to assess the scene and take notes on the accident:
- Exchange insurance information with the other driver
- Write down the plate numbers of the vehicles involved
- Talk to any available witnesses and take down their contact info
- Draw a diagram of the scene if possible
- Take photos: it is even a good idea to keep a digital camera in your car for just such emergencies.
When the law enforcement officials arrive on the scene cooperate with them to the fullest extent—this includes signing your traffic ticket! But do not offer any more information than is necessary and never admit fault for the incident.
Follow-up behavior that preserves your rights
The first thing you should do after an accident is report the incident to your insurance company. Be honest, brief, and concise with your policy provider and consult an attorney for additional legal guidance in your claim.
Be sure to comply with California law and report your accident to the DMV within 10 days if it meets these criteria:
- Anyone was injured in the accident
- A vehicle sustained $750+ in damages
You should make it a priority to visit a physician after your accident. This suggestion is for you and anyone else who was with you during the accident. A doctor can help ensure that you do not have any latent and dangerous injuries and that you have stabilized after the trauma.
Call 866-959-7304 for a car accident law firm in LA.The Los Angeles auto accidents attorneys at the Law Offices of Cavalluzzi & Cavalluzzi want to help fellow residents of California preserve their rights during an unexpected motor vehicle accident. We have seen hundreds of these incidents over the years and feel a strong professional & personal obligation to offer our knowledge to help accident victims.