What to Do after a Car Accident

Car accidents can be traumatic, frightening experiences for your entire family. Immediately following a collision with another car, truck, or motorcycle, you may feel unsure what to do next. Knowing what to do after a car accident can make a tremendous difference in your ability to cope with resulting losses. Scott Sumner has recovered millions on behalf of his clients during his 25 years as a personal injury lawyer. Our firm in Walnut Creek, CA, supports clients on a contingency basis, allowing you to focus on your care while we work on your case. Schedule your free case review today by calling our office at (925) 278-6170 or contacting us online.

Immediately After an Accident

Your first priority is your safety and that of your loved ones. You should: 

  • Move out of traffic if and when it is safe to do so and turn off your vehicle 
  • Assist anybody who needs medical attention and call 9-1-1 if necessary 
  • Allow medical personnel to provide an assessment to determine if you have been injured
  • Contact the police to file a police report
  • Do not apologize or claim fault, even if you believe that you may be responsible for the accident. Saying “sorry” could be interpreted as an admission of fault and make you liable for paying damages
  • Gather important details including the name, contact information, insurance information, and driver’s license number of the other driver
  • Write down a description of the vehicles involved, including the license plate numbers
  • Take photos related to the accident

Next, contact a personal injury lawyer. If anyone representing one of the other drivers involved asks you any questions, do not provide answers. Instead, tell them to speak with your attorney.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, hiring a personal injury attorney is the surest way to collect the compensation you truly deserve.

Receiving the care you need 

Be sure to keep track of any medical bills incurred as a result of your injury. These can be used by our team to produce a sum of your damages. Important documentation includes notes from any medical professionals such as general practitioners, chiropractors, and physical therapists. 

Although medical expenses can be simple to prove, there are some intangible damages that are more difficult to establish. To help our legal team analyze how your injury affects your overall quality of life, keep a journal of how the injury affects you during your day-to-day routine. 

Why Hire a Lawyer?

Unfortunately, insurance companies are more concerned with their own financial interests than yours. They will usually try to offer you the lowest possible settlement. 

To ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled, you should contact a personal injury lawyer. Scott Sumner can prove liability, determine the full extent of your injuries and other losses, and reach a resolution that serves your best interests.

Schedule a Free Consultation 

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, hiring a personal injury attorney is the surest way to collect the compensation you truly deserve. Schedule your free consultation with Scott Sumner today by calling us at (925) 278-6170 or contacting us online