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Ask a Lawyer: According to a lawyer, what steps should be taken after you’ve been injured in a car accident?

The immediate aftermath of a Redlands auto accident can be confusing and overwhelming. Learning what to do before you ever get in an accident will help you protect your physical and financial health after an accident and ensure you get the best possible outcome for yourself and your loved ones. 

What should I do if I have been injured in a car accident?

If you have been injured in an auto accident, you should take the following steps to prevent further injury and ensure your case is documented. 

Step 1: Get emergency assistance. Call an ambulance and the police (in California you are legally required to report any accident with injuries) and accept the advice and help that is offered. Paramedics see car accident victims every day and will be better able to assess your needs than you are. Skipping out on medical treatment could make your injuries even worse. 

Step 2: Document the accident: You’ve called the police and they will file a report, but if you can, this is also the time to take video or photographs of the accident. These will be used to support your case if you end up going to court and provide a clear, objective idea of what happened. You’ll also have the opportunity to speak with the officer, though do not be surprised if they speak to the other party first; police often speak to the party they feel was responsible before talking with the victim. 

Step 3: Gather witness information: People want to be helpful and most stop to assist after an accident. Get the names and numbers of any witnesses, just in case you need to call them later. 

Step 4: Get insurance details: Gather insurance information from the other party; their insurer will be the ones paying for your damages if they were to blame for the accident. You’ll need these details to file a claim. 

You should notify your own insurer of the accident so that it can be documented, then get in touch with an attorney. It is common in Redlands for motorists to be offered a fast settlement after an accident — one that fails to completely cover their damages. An attorney can ensure that you are treated fairly and that you are not offered a ridiculously low settlement for your injuries. 

Get Help with your Car Accident Injuries in Redlands, CA

If you have been injured in an auto accident, your entire life can be impacted. From getting to work to actually being able to perform your job, your regular schedule will be completely derailed. If you have sustained a significant injury you could have months of recovery time in front of you. We understand just how badly an auto accident can disrupt your life and will work hard to ensure you are fairly compensated. Contact Harsh Law today for a free consultation and to learn more about your options.