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Depending on the specific circumstances involved with the car accident, these steps could be the furthest from your mind. It is important to understand that you must never leave the scene of an accident unless you are being transported to a hospital.
When gathering evidence make sure you obtain the contact information of the other party. You want to make sure you have the following:
It’s also a good idea to get statements and contact information from any witnesses.
Gathering this information as quickly as possible is crucial.
You should contact the police if there is significant vehicle damage, if someone sustained an injury or died.
The police report is official documentation of circumstances surrounding the accident. It is extremely important to have as much documentation as possible.
Aside from the same kinds of evidence you gathered at the accident scene, police reports also generally include the officer’s own narrative of details and causes related to the accident and sometimes even diagrams of the accident scene and impact point.
Having as much detailed documentation as you can will help tremendously when it comes to:
Never admit fault for a car accident. Fault is determined upon a completed investigation. There may be other facts or circumstances involved that you are not aware of.
It’s best to always seek medical attention as soon as possible following a car crash.
If you were injured in a car accident, contact a lawyer. Personal injury consultations are typically free.
You want to have all medical records from each medical professional you see for injuries related to the car accident.
The ONLY people who should have access to your medical records are your doctors and your car accident attorney. When it’s time to present your medical records to the insurance company as evidence, your car accident lawyer will do so.
Generally, the insurance company of the party at fault is responsible for paying car repair costs.
Car accident attorneys pay attention to lost wages when filing a suit against insurance companies. They will help you compile the necessary documentation to prove your lost wages.
In the state of California the statue of limitations for injury is 2 years. The stature of limitations for property damage is 3 years. CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE – CCP
Just like other aspects of a car accident case this varies. However the more evidence you have, the faster your car accident attorney can work.
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