Driving on California’s highways is a risky activity. Every time you get behind the wheel, you risk getting involved in a car crash. Knowing what to do following a car accident is important and can help you avoid costly mistakes.
Hopefully, you’ll not get into a car crash, but if you do, use this guide to help you know what to do next.
1. Stop and ensure everyone is safe
The first thing you should do after a car crash is to check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If you or any other person is hurt in your car or another car, call 911 or ask someone else to do so. Don’t attempt to move anyone until help can get to you.
Report the accident to law enforcement, especially if there are injuries or death, property damage, intoxicated driver, or a hit-and-run. Ensure that you also get an official police report.
2. Exchange information and take pictures
Apart from exchanging insurance information with all relevant parties, you should also note the drivers’ names, contact information, car make, license plates, and driver’s license numbers. Meanwhile, avoid apologizing or making public statements that can be interpreted as an admission of guilt. Even if you think that you may be at fault, the other driver could have been negligent.
3. Contact your insurance company
You must also call your insurance company to report the car crash. It’s best to call the company first before the other driver’s insurance company contacts them. Then, share all the accident details with your insurance company to help them build a claim for you.
No one expects to get into a car accident, but follow the four simple steps discussed above when it happens. Experienced legal guidance can help you obtain the compensation you’re due.