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Don't make the accident of skipping crucial steps after a wreck

A normal morning for you involves making your way to work along the highway, your mind racing with the tasks on your plate for the day. However, this morning, you have a far different experience. A driver hits you seemingly out of nowhere, due to careless driving, unfortunately leaving you with serious injuries.

Following the accident, you may naturally be in shock and confused about what to do next. Here is a rundown of what you should do following the injury-causing car accident to protect your best interests in California.

What to do at the car collision scene

While at the accident scene, checking on your passengers and other drivers involved in the accident is paramount. If anybody needs care, seeking medical attention right away is critical. Then, contacting the police is expedient, as authorities can file a policy about the accident for you. Obtaining the responding officers' names and badge numbers during this process may be helpful as well.

Before you leave the crash scene, talking to witnesses and collecting the name, phone number, address and insurance information of the driver who caused your accident may also be beneficial. However, apologizing for anything while at the crash scene may be a major mistake that will hurt you long term. For instance, if you say sorry to the other driver for not seeing a stop sign, you might be admitting liability, or financial responsibility, for what took place.

What to do after you leave the scene

Once you are away from the crash scene, you may need to seek medical attention for your injuries. Depending on the nature of your injuries, it may be a requirement that you complete physical therapy or undergo other treatment. In any case, creating a detailed record of the crash injuries suffered and the treatment completed is paramount. You may also want to journal about how your injuries have impacted your daily life. For instance, perhaps your injuries have prevented you from being able to return to your job in a timely fashion.

Your rights following an injury-causing car crash

If someone else injured you in a car accident due to negligent driving behavior, you have the right to file a personal injury claim, seeking damages. A successfully fought claim might lead to a financial damage award that may help you to cover your medical costs and other accident-related losses.

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