Navigating The Aftermath Of A Crash
A car crash is often a shocking event, surrounded by confusion and fear. If you are involved in a car collision, truck accident or pedestrian accident, it is best to stay at the site until police have been contacted and medical help has arrived for anyone who is injured.
The steps you take immediately following an automobile accident are highly dependent on whether you are physically and emotionally capable.
If you are able:
- Call 911 immediately after the accident happens.
- Check on your passengers first, then check on the other drivers.
- Do not move a person who is unconscious or saying they have back or neck pain.
- Do not apologize or say that the accident was your fault.
- Try to get a recording of the scene with your phone. Take photos, video the damage, and be sure to back up your video as soon as you are able to.
It is essential to contact the police to report any property damage, the injuries and a death as a result of the accident.
When you ask for a police report to be filed, write down the reporting police officers’ names and badge numbers.
It is critical to gather and write down as much information from the other driver and car passengers who were also involved in the incident. At minimum, get the other driver’s:
- Phone number
- Driver’s license number
- License plate of the car
- Name of their insurance company
Let Us Talk To Insurance Adjusters
While we recommend that you get as much information as you can, including getting contact information from any witnesses, do not speak to insurance adjusters who come onto the scene before you speak with a lawyer.
Contact your own insurance agent soon after the accident. Your insurance company could offer you a settlement amount, but before you accept any insurance offer, speak with an experienced attorney.
Sometimes the impact of injuries is delayed and you want to be certain to get complete treatment for your injuries.
Serving California residents who have been hurt by the negligence of another person, Butler Viadro, LLP, has helped Bay Area residents secure seven- and eight-figure settlements or verdicts in different types of personal injury claims, including car accidents.
Were You Injured In A Car Accident While At Work?
If you were involved in a car collision while on the job, contact your employer immediately. You may contact Butler Viadro, LLP, for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.
Our firm has more than 30 years of experience resolving complex cases with elements of both personal injury and workers’ compensation. You do not need to go to two separate law firms to get the compensation you deserve to move your healing process along.
Our firm has the resources, including experts to help investigate, document and build a case that will provide the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Step Up Your Recovery After An Injury
Our attorneys devote our resources to getting you the full compensation available for the losses you have suffered, including your emergency room and other hospital expenses, lost wages for the time you were out of work and even severe emotional distress.
Call our Oakland office for a free consultation at 510-907-9577 or 888-353-2158 toll-free. Our attorney’s fees are only paid when we get compensation for you. You can also get started today by completing our convenient online form.