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Tips to follow when injured in minor car accidents


While most significant and costly injuries occur after major car wrecks, even seemingly minor crashes can cause considerable issues. For example, even a minor hit on the head can cause a concussion and result in significant trauma and even death in some cases. It is important for those in California involved in minor car accidents to follow some simple guidelines that can ensure they are protected and can seek damages if their injuries become significant.

While many steps are self-evident — such as remaining at the scene, calling the police and insurance, taking pictures, and exchanging information — it never hurts to be reminded of the importance of these steps. These are the building blocks for any case, should one decide to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver who caused the accident. It is also important that a driver never apologize for anything while at the scene of an accident, as this could be an unintentional or unnecessary admission of guilt.

If injuries occur at the scene or begin to manifest after the crash, another vital aspect is keeping track of medical treatments that one receives. This entails keeping a detailed account of any medical provider one sees for treatment, the treatments and medications received, and copies of all medical bills and reports. If one feels that the injuries are impacting his or her daily life and wishes to prove pain and suffering, it might also be good to note any missed workdays, activities that are no longer viable and keep notes on how the injury has affected daily and family life.

Finally, it is important for anyone seeking financial reparations for injuries caused by a wreck to not speak with anyone about the accident other than his or her lawyer, insurance company or the police. It could greatly benefit those injured in California car accidents to discuss their situations with an experienced personal injury attorney and have an attorney involved in all ongoing discussions with third parties. An attorney can help ensure that a victim’s best interests are protected during this stressful and painful time.

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