What to Do After a Car Accident
San Jose Car Accident Lawyers
What steps should you take immediately after a San Jose car accident to
preserve your rights as a potential
personal injury claimant?
Step 1: Get medical help for you and anyone else at the scene who needs it.
It's crucial to protect your rights as a claimant, but it's even
more important to protect and preserve your life - and the lives of individuals
around you. Even if someone doesn't seem "that hurt," he
or she may want to take a trip to the doctor's office (or the hospital).
After all, the scope of the medical damage may not be obviously apparent.
It's better to be safe than sorry, given that the quality of medical
care given immediately after an accident can have a profound effect on
Step 2: Collect information - or get someone to collect information for you.
What kind of information should you collect? Here is a brief list:
- Names and contact info for all drivers, passengers, pedestrians, witnesses,
and any other relevant parties
- Pictures of the scene of the accident (you can use your cell phone to take
them), including pictures of your injuries, the accident, your vehicle,
and other vehicles involved
- Insurance and license information from all parties, incident reports, any
statements that anyone made about the traffic accident, especially those
to the effect of "sorry about that" or "I really should
have watched where I was going back at that turn."
Step 3: Get law enforcement involved.
Unless you got into a trivial fender-bender with no visible damage and
obviously no injuries, contact law enforcement to fill out an accident report.
Step 4: Record and preserve information and evidence from the scene.
After you get back from the accident (or from the hospital), record as
much information as you can. Write down how you remember the accident
occurring - be as detailed and as vivid as possible. Even if you're
somewhat uncomfortable, don't wait to do this recording exercise,
or you may find that your memories will get warped or fuzzy - even days
after the crash.
Step 5: Connect with a reputable San Jose car accident lawyer.
If another driver's insurance company representative calls you to
weigh in on what happened, you might make a small misstatement that could
imperil your ability to collect compensation. Play it safe, and retain
proven, capable legal counsel as quickly as you can.
Call Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP – (800) 900-0863
San Jose car accident attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help you preserve your rights and
resources as a potential plaintiff.
Contact us at (800) 900-0863 to set up an appointment for a
free case consultation.