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What to Do in Case of a Car Accident

What to Do in Case of a Car AccidentCar accidents are common and can happen at any time, even to the most careful drivers. Car accident statistics in California show that a car accident that involves injury or death is reported approximately every 3 minutes. It is important to know what to do ahead of time before an accident occurs.

When you are involved in an automobile accident, you need to remain calm and assess the situation. Determine if anyone is injured and call for emergency assistance and law enforcement.

If the accident is minor, move the vehicles to safety and out of traffic. Obtain the names and phone numbers of any witnesses, but ask them to wait to speak with law enforcement as well.

If you collided with a parked vehicle or other property item, try to find the owner. If unable to do so, leave a note on the car with your name and address.

You must show your driver’s license, registration, and proof of financial responsibility to law enforcement and the other party. Be sure to get this same information from the other party for your records. Notify your insurance company of the accident. Serious accidents must be reported to the DMV within 10 days of the accident.

If you have been injured in a serious car accident, contact our Los Angeles car accident lawyer to learn more about your rights and to see if you might be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries.


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