What Should I Do After a Car Accident in California?

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What Should I Do After a Car Accident in California?

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When you’re in the middle of running errands or commuting to work, the last thing you may expect is to be involved in a car accident. However, as the name alludes to, this is an accident and they do happen. While you may know that you have to exchange insurance information with the other driver, you may not know what to do in the days following an accident. Understanding what steps you should take in the following days is critical. The following blog explores the critical steps you should take in the aftermath of an accident and why connecting with a Sacramento auto accident attorney is vital.

What Should I Do Immediately Following a Collision?

In the immediate aftermath of a collision, the most important thing you should do is call emergency services to bring police and medical attention to the scene. This is critical as it ensures a police report is filed, which can help if you wish to pursue a claim against the other person, while calling emergency medical services allows you to receive care for the injuries you endured.

At the scene, you should also take photos and videos of the damage to both vehicles, the injuries you endured, and the road conditions, as this can be used later for evidence.

What Should I Do in the Days After a Car Accident?

While the actions you take immediately following a car accident are imperative, the days following a collision are just as important.

Generally, one of the first things you should know is to avoid social media. Unfortunately, the negligent party and their insurer are likely going to scour your profiles for anything they can use against you. For example, if you post a photo smiling with friends or an update about enjoying a concert, the defense can use this against you. They will claim that you do not require compensation since your injuries don’t impact your ability to enjoy your life.

You must also follow your doctor’s orders. Failure to adhere to medical orders can also impact your claim, as the defense will claim the injuries you sustained may not be severe if you did not feel the need to adhere to treatment. Not only can this impact your claim, but it can also make the injuries you’ve endured worse.

Can an Attorney Help Me Recover Compensation?

If you’re involved in a car accident, it’s important to understand that you should connect with an experienced attorney. Unfortunately, the insurance company will try to offer you significantly less than you deserve for the damages you’ve endured. However, connecting with an attorney allows you to know what your claim is worth to ensure you receive accurate compensation.

When you’ve been hurt, the Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes is ready to fight for you. Connect with us today to learn how we can assist you through these matters.