Whether you have been in a vehicle collision, or have been injured as the result of another accident, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your rights are protected:

- File an accident report.   Regardless of the circumstances that lead to your injury, you need to file a report.  If you were in a vehicle collision, you should insist that a report is filed with law enforcement to ensure the facts are accurately preserve.  If you are injured on the premises of a business, you should file a report with the manager or owner.  Attempt to get a copy of the report, or the information that will allow you to get a copy of the report once it is completed.

- Obtain Information:  Information that you should collect includes the name, address, and phone number of any witnesses, or people involved in the accident. If possible, and practical, obtain photographs of the vehicles, and/or the area where the accident occurred, and any visible injuries.  (Avoid taking photographs if it will place you or others in jeopardy.)  Get insurance information where appropriate.  In California, drivers are obligated to carry insurance, and provide that information when involved in a collision.

- GET HELP:   There are two types of help you will need after an accident medical, and legal.

  • Medical Care:  The timing and nature of the medical treatment that you obtain following a collision or other accident is often overlooked.  When you are injured, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.  Tell the physician what happened, and be honest about every injury or complaint regardless of how minor it seems at the time.  Do not exaggerate your complaints, but also do not ignore or minimize them.
  • Legal Assistance:  Obtain legal advice as soon as possible.  DO NOT give any information about the accident to an insurance adjuster, or make any recorded statements without consulting with an attorney first.  Also, do not sign any document without consulting with an attorney.  Both of these are common mistakes most people make following an accident that jeopardize their rights and any recovery they may be entitled to.



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