The summer season means that many families will be getting on the highway and driving long distances to reach their vacation destinations.
According to the National Safety Council, one in every eight drivers will be involved in a motor vehicle crash this year. Even very careful drivers can be involved in a wreck, but there are things that you can do to plan ahead. Contact frenso, CA personal injury lawyers for more information about car accident and other types of law.
Safety and insurance experts say the following tips may help if you are involved in a wreck:
□ Stop your car and turn off the ignition. Make sure it is safe to get out, and check to see if anyone has been injured.
□ Ask someone to call the police or the highway patrol, even if the wreck is not serious. Ask for an ambulance if it is needed.
□ If it is clear, safe and legal to do so, move the vehicle out of the path of traffic. In some states, it may be illegal to move a vehicle from the place where the wreck happened. Know what the law is in your area.
□ Provide the police with all of the information they request from you. Find out from the officer where you can get a copy of the police report. You will probably need it if you file a claim with your insurance company.
□ Keep a notepad and pencil in your glove compartment to write down contact and insurance information from the drivers of the other vehicles. Make sure to write down the makes and models of each car involved in the wreck.
□ If possible, draw a picture of the wreck scene while the details are still fresh in your memory. Note the location of the wreck and the weather conditions at the time it happened.
□ Write down the names and contact information of any persons who may have witnessed the wreck.
□ Do not discuss “fault” of the wreck with anyone.
□ Carry a disposable camera in your glove compartment and take pictures of the scene and any damage to your vehicle.
□ If you are hurt, get medical attention as soon as possible. Also keep in mind that symptoms of many neck or back injuries do not appear until days after the wreck. Symptoms may include stiffness, muscle injuries, headache, dizziness, burning or prickling.
□ Save all of your medical bills and receipts.
□ Call your insurance company as soon as possible to report the wreck.
□ You should keep a written record of all contact information relating to your claim such as the claim number, the name and telephone number of the adjuster, and the dates and times when you spoke to the adjuster.
□ Don’t sign any document unless it is from the police or your insurance agent.
□ If you are unable to arrive at a fair settlement from your insurance company for the damages to your vehicle and your medical expenses, you can contact your attorney.
Knowing what to do after a car accident occurs can make the experience less stressful. Contact oakwood legal los angeles for more information.