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7 Things To Do After A Car Accident

Car accidents happen every day in California. Are you prepared?

Unfortunately, a crash can happen to anyone in Fullerton at any time. Knowing what to do if it does can help ensure the safety of everyone involved while also putting you on the right track to pursue compensation if you should choose to do so.

1. Make sure everyone is OK. Driving away from an accident can result in criminal charges if someone was hurt. After a crash, stay on the scene and make sure everyone in your car and the other car involved is safe. If someone was seriously injured, call for medical assistance immediately.

2. Call the police. When someone is seriously hurt in a crash, or there is severe damage to one or both cars, it is important to involve the police. The police can file an accident report, creating a record of the event. This could be useful later on. While you wait for police, collect the contact and insurance information of others on the scene.

3. Do not apologize. This may seem harsh, but apologizing for a crash could be considered admitting fault. If you admit to causing an accident, it could expose you to legal action. Be polite, but protect yourself by trying not to show guilt.

4. Get medical treatment. Even if you're not sure you've been injured, it is a good idea to see a doctor just in case. Injuries can emerge days or more after a crash happens. Going to the doctor right away can help establish that injuries you suffer from after the accident are related to the crash.

5. Keep a medical diary. If you were injured, keep track of how your injuries have affected your day-to-day life. Are there tasks you can no longer perform at work? Have your injuries made life more difficult for your family? Keeping a record of how your injuries have impacted you and your loved ones can help determine your level of pain and suffering if you choose to pursue legal action.

6. Assess the damage to your car. After an accident, take pictures of any damage done to your vehicle. It is also a good idea to have a damage valuation conducted by more than one company. Each of these can be used as supporting evidence in a personal injury claim.

7. Consider talking to a lawyer. Before you accept a settlement for your insurance company, think about talking to a lawyer, especially if you or your loved one was seriously injured. An attorney can help ensure you get a fair deal from your insurance company. An attorney can also represent you if the other driver caused the accident, helping you seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

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