After an Accident
Protect Your Right To Compensation For Damages After An Accident
Any accident causes confusion, stress, pain and anxiety. There are various things you should do, if possible, that will help you protect your right to fair compensation for the damages in the case, including both economic and non-economic. At Law Office of Leonard Matsuk, our Long Beach injury attorney has prepared a checklist so you don't make an error that could impact your ability to get the compensation you deserve.
Follow This Checklist If You Are Involved In An Accident
- There are certain documents that you must keep with you in your vehicle, including your insurance card (you are required to carry it under state law) and a list of people to contact in an emergency. Also have a first aid kit and ensure that your medical card is easily available to avoid damage from being administered the wrong medications for your condition.
- It is advised that you carry certain items such as a flashlight, a flare, jumper cables, some type of emergency blanket, and a disposable camera if you do not have a phone with photo capability.
- If after an accident, your car is likely to be hit by traffic, move it off the main flow of traffic, but only if this is safe to do.
- Check the medical condition of your passengers.
- Call emergency services at once if there is any injury.
- Contact law enforcement.
- Stay as calm as possible. Others may require your aid.
- Take photos of the accident scene, all cars involved, as well as any marks on the road if possible.
- Do not discuss who is at fault, or ever admit fault to anyone at the scene.
- Get names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses present, as well as any driver involved in the accident.
- Write down the year, make and model of any vehicle that was involved in the collision, as well as the license plate number.
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
- Call a personal injury lawyer from our firm so that your case is managed correctly.
- If you were seriously injured, do not answer questions from the at-fault driver's insurance company.
- Do not allow the at-fault driver's insurance company access to your medical records without help from an attorney.
- Do not allow the at-fault driver's insurance company adjuster to interview you in the hospital, at home, over the phone, or at any other location without first getting an attorney.
At the Law Office of Leonard Matsuk, we are prepared to act quickly on your behalf. Our goal is to protect your right to the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.