Responsible, safe driving is taught in driver education courses across the state, however accidents still happen. While most motorists drive within the legal speed limit and otherwise the rules of the road, it only takes one “bad apple” so to speak to cause an auto accident.
Have you ever been involved in a bad car accident? Driven by a multi-car crash on the 101? Or seen a bus accident on the news? There is no doubt an auto collision is an emotionally exhausting and stressful situation for all parties involved. What’s worse is that if the parties do not take the appropriate steps after the accident, the situation can easily get out of control. Fortunately, there are experienced auto accident attorneys who can assist you and your loved ones during this challenging time.
The Injured Should Be Assisted First
After being involved in an auto accident where someone may have been injured, immediately call 911. If your passenger appears to have suffered injuries in the auto accident, go to their assistance, but do not move them until you are certain it is safe to do so. In some cases, you may need to leave the victim until emergency responders arrive on the scene. Without knowing the extent of their injuries, you may cause further harm by moving them.
Try To Control the Scene
Any car accident—big or small—will garner attention from lookie loos and pedestrians. Some will try to help you, but most will just stand and watch, or take video on their phone. Remember to get their contact information as soon as you have controlled the scene and moved your car out of harm’s way, if possible.
Obtaining documentation from the scene, such as witness contact information, photographs, and more, that shows you are not at fault will help you with your claim. Write down:
- Names of all parties involved
- Addresses/email addresses
- Vehicle identification number
- Vehicle information (model, make, and year)
- Insurance carriers and policy numbers
Obtaining Financial Compensation
If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, you have the right to seek financial compensation for any related injuries and losses. This includes time taken off work, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
To discuss whether you should file a claim against the negligent driver of an automobile, contact experienced accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg today for a free, no obligation consultation.