What To Do In a Car Accident 

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In the United States, driving to get to your destination is just a normal part of daily life. However, most drivers do not consider the dangers of driving. Whether it is a small “fender bender” or a major accident, every time we are on the road the risk of a car collision is real. Although, traffic fatalities decreased 5.1% from 3,798 in 2018 to 3,606 in 2019 according to the California Office of Traffic Safety, the risk is still present, demanding drivers take care on the road and remain aware of what to do if they are involved in a car accident. Read on to learn some helpful tips that will allow you to stay calm and collected in a car accident.  

First Steps in a Car Accident 

If you are in a car accident, your next steps will vary depending on the severity of the accident. If the injuries are minor, pull to the side to the road when safe to do so. Once you are safe, assess the damage and call the police. If the car accident has severe injuries involved, call 911 immediately for emergency help. In the event of a car accident, you will want to obtain names, addresses, phone numbers, and driver’s license numbers from all drivers involved. This will help you communicate with each other after the accident is cleared from the road. You will also want to obtain license plate(s), vehicle identification numbers (VIN), insurance policies, and registration to verify the information is accurate. If you have a camera or cellphone, take a picture of the damage and the accident scene. Aside from the authorities, your insurance company should be the first party notified of the damage. If the damages exceed $750.00 or anyone is injured in the car accident, you must report it to the DMV. Failure to report within 10 days of the accident can result in a suspension of your license. 

Other Helpful Tips When in a Car Accident  

The most stressful thing in a car accident, besides the potential for injuries, is knowing how to handle insurance companies. Knowing what your insurance policy is and how it works can help you feel secure in the event of a car accident. If you do not know your insurance policy well, ask your agent for any clarification. Reading and understanding your insurance policy will also help you speed up the settlement process and get you back on the road with a functioning vehicle.  

Car accidents can be overwhelming for both parties, so it is important to keep emotions in check. While exchanging information, do not argue with other drivers and passengers as that can make matters worse. The best course of action in a car accident is to remain calm and civil and wait for officers to arrive. Police officers will determine who is at fault during their own investigation. 

McCune Law Group Helps Car Accident Victims Nationwide 

When a car accident strikes, you may feel shocked and be worried about whether you or your loved one have been injured. These responses are perfectly natural. Turning to legal help when you are confused about your rights will help. Our Personal Injury team at McCune Law Group has built a reputation for successfully taking on challenging cases and claiming recompense for our clients. Our successes include numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts such as an $11 million car accident recovery and a $5.5 million recovery in connection with a van rollover accident.  

To learn more about your options after a car accident, contact us today by calling (909) 345-8110 or by completing the form!


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