What to do after a car accident

Getting into an accident on a California road can be a unsettling experience. After an accident occurs, it is a driver’s legal responsibility to stop even if no apparent damage has been done. While it can be tempting to do so, drivers are not under an obligation to admit fault for the crash. Furthermore, no one should attempt to move a vehicle until police arrive unless not doing so creates a safety hazard.

Anyone involved in an accident should refrain from talking to other drivers. However, it is appropriate to issue a statement to police, talk to medical personnel or speak with an auto insurance agent. Ideally, an insurance claim will be filed at the scene of the accident, and the police may be able to provide more detailed information if necessary. Having the police talk with an insurance agent can be worthwhile if a driver is too injured or shaken to do so effectively.

In the immediate aftermath of the accident, a driver should check to make sure that he or she and any passengers are not hurt. If it can be done so safely, individuals may render aid to others involved in the collision. Anyone involved in a crash should collect information such as the names of other drivers and a description of the other vehicle or vehicles involved.

Whether an accident involves just a single vehicle or is a multi-vehicle crash, an individual could sustain injuries. Injured drivers or passengers who are hurt by another person’s negligence may be entitled to compensation to help a victim recoup lost wages or lost future earnings if he or she is unable to return to work. An attorney may represent an individual either in a trial or during settlement negotiations outside of court.