As a driver, a huge responsibility falls on your shoulders when you take to the San Fernando Valley roads and freeways. Even one distraction or miscalculation when driving can cause an accident. While responsible driving is taught in driver education courses, and many motorists drive defensively and use caution when on the road, accidents still happen.
Have you recently been involved in a car accident? No doubt an auto collision is an emotionally exhausting and stressful situation for all parties involved. If not properly handled, such as with the assistance of an experienced accident attorney, this situation can blow out of control.
Drivers involved in an accident are responsible for knowing what to do following an accident. Read on to learn more.
The Injured Should Be Assisted First
If a driver or passenger is injured in an accident, it is best to call 911. Even if you are not certain of the extent of their injuries, if you feel medical attention might be needed, it is better to be safe than sorry. Also, if possible, make sure you or your vehicle aren’t in danger or causing a roadblock while you are waiting for the ambulance.
Try To Control the Scene
Any accident—big or small—will garner attention from onlookers and pedestrians. Some will try to help you, but most will just stand and watch. This isn’t the time to exchange information with the other driver. Safely drive to the left or right emergency lane if your vehicle is still functional. Make sure the hazard lights are turned on. Finally, wait for emergency services at the crash scene.
Exchange Information after Documenting the Scene
Gathering evidence from the scene of the accident will work in your favor if you are the injured party and wish to file an accident claim. You should document:
- Names of all parties involved
- Addresses/email addresses
- Vehicle identification number
- Vehicle information (model, make, and year)
- Insurance carriers and policy numbers
- Photographic evidence (location, people involved, damaged vehicles)
What to Do Next
If you are injured in an auto accident and hope to recover financial compensation for your injuries, you will need the assistance of a personal injury attorney. Contact attorney Barry P. Goldberg if you are the victim of an auto accident for a free consultation today.