After a Los Angeles Car Accident, Follow These 6 Important Steps
A Los Angeles car accident can lead to multiple injuries and other ramifications for injured parties.
Getting in a Los Angeles car accident is almost never a pleasant experience. It’s important to note that Los Angeles has more fatal and injury crashes than any other city in the state of California.
Studies reveal that there was an average of over 15,000 fatal and injury crashes in Los Angeles.
Compared with the other cities in the top five, a Los Angeles car accident is:
- 191 percent higher than San Diego
- 334 percent higher than Sacramento
- 390 percent higher than San Francisco
- 412 percent higher than San Jose
Overall, Los Angeles accounts for nearly ten percent of all fatal and injury crashes in the state.
A Los Angeles car accident can lead to a number of serious and life-threatening injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Back pain
- Lower body injuries
- Vision issues
- Cuts and lacerations
- Vital organ damage
- Neck pain
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
If you were injured in a Los Angeles car accident, there are 6 steps you can take to help in the aftermath
1) Check yourself for injuries
If you’re injured, call 911 or ask someone else to do so. If you’re seriously injured, try not to move, and wait for emergency personnel.
Whether an accident is considered a minor fender-bender or a major collision, calling the police is important. The responding officers will fill out an accident report and document the scene.
If the police can’t come to the scene of the accident, you can go to the nearest police station and complete a report yourself.
Additionally, you should keep everyone else safe from injury. If the damage is minor and you can safely move the vehicles, it is probably best to move them off the road.
Otherwise, turn on hazard lights and set up warning triangles or flares if you have them. If there are no medical injuries, make sure everyone gets off the road and stays away from traffic
2) Exchange information with the other driver(s) and their passengers.
Some of the most relevant information to collect from the other party includes:
- Full name and contact information
- Insurance company and policy number
- Driver’s license and license plate number
- Type, color and model of vehicle
- Location of accident
You can record all this information via your phone, or even written.
3) Take pictures of any damage
Be sure that you document the accident thoroughly by taking pictures of your vehicle from different angles, showing the damage done to both cars.
It might also be a good idea to take pictures of the other car’s license plate, as well as damage to the surrounding area, such as downed signs or skid marks on the road.
If there was any witnesses to the scene, get their name and contact information. Their recounting of the accident can become an important bit of evidence if the case were to move forward.
5) Police Officer’s Information
If a police officer does arrive to the scene, you can collect information from them as well.
Get the name and badge number of all responding officers.
Additionally, ask the police officers present where you can obtain a copy of the accident report. They will give you a copy of their business card with the police report document number written on it.
6) Call C&B Law Group
Our experienced car accident injury attorneys at C&B Law Group will help by fighting to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries and damages, while also finding you the care you need to recover from your injuries.
Injured in a Los Angeles car accident? Let C&B Law Group assist you.
We offer free consultations. Additionally, we work on a contingency basis, so you won’t pay attorney fees for your Los Angeles car accident until we successfully settle your claim.