Being involved in a car accident can be a nerve-racking experience. Even a so-called “fender bender” will still likely get your adrenaline going, leaving you nervous and uncertain about what to do. But, just imagine what it is like for those who are involved in a car accident with injury. What should you do after such an incident?
Well, for starters, obviously all parties involved are supposed to stay at the scene of the crash. It is illegal to leave the scene. When injuries are involved, hopefully medical assistance arrives at the scene quickly to render aid to all who are hurt. Law enforcement officials will typically be called to the scene as well, and they will conduct a review of the situation and produce a report.
The parties involved in the crash should exchange contact and insurance information. It can also be extremely helpful to take pictures of the scene of the crash, of the damage to the vehicles involved and of the injuries to anyone who was hurt. As your injuries are treated in the ensuing days, weeks or even months, it is important to keep track of medical records and bills.
Do you have legal options?
All of the steps listed above can become crucial if you decide to explore the potential of a legal claim. A personal injury lawsuit may be an option if you were injured in a car accident that was caused due to another party’s recklessness or negligence. For more information about how our law firm attempts to help California residents with these legal issues, please visit the personal injury overview section of our website.