Steps to Take After Being in a Car Accident
Being involved in a car accident can be a jarring experience. No one expects to be in a crash when they set out to a destination, but car accidents happen every day. If you have been involved in a car accident that was caused by someone else, you might be entitled to receive compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. Depending on the severity of the accident, damages resulting from a car accident can place a significant financial burden on you after an accident. A personal injury attorney can help you determine if a personal injury suit is an option for you.
A personal injury attorney is instrumental in preparing your personal injury claim, but there things that can be done following an accident, before you contact a personal injury attorney that can boost your chances of recovering damages.
Seek Necessary Medical Attention
The first step that needs to be taken following a car accident is to assess yourself and any passengers to see if medical attention is needed. Personal injury suits are filed after car accidents to collect compensation for injuries that result in damages. Injured victims must be able to provide evidence of their injuries, including medical records. Even if you do not think you are seriously injured at the scene of the accident, you still need to be checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries can take a few days to fully manifest after an accident. Follow up with your doctor as soon as possible to check for any delayed injuries.
Call the Police
Car accidents in California need to be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days. The other driver might try to convince you that the police do not need to be involved, especially if he or she was at fault. Do not listen to this. Call the police so that an officer will come to the scene of the accident and file a police report of the incident. This report can be instrumental in a personal injury case to back up any claims that you might be making.
Gather Your Own Evidence
The police will document their findings, but taking your own photographs at the scene can be extremely helpful for future litigation proceedings. Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and anything that might have contributed to the accident. If there were witnesses, it is also a good idea to get their contact information or otherwise obtain a written statement from them.
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kris Mukherji can help you following a car accident. We want to be involved from the get-go, but there are some steps that only you can take at the scene of the accident. If you have been involved in an accident and want to pursue a personal injury suit to recover damages, contact us today.