Being involved in an accident or incident in which you and / or others are injured can be a confusing and frightening experience. Whether it is a car accident, construction accident, dog attack, a slip and fall, or any other kind of accident, you will undoubtedly be emotionally distraught from the sheer shock of the incident alone. If injuries result, these will further complicate matters, as you may be unable to ascertain the extent of your injuries, be unable to physically maneuver, and may need emergency medical attention. Of course, the first thing that needs to be done is to get the medical assistance that is needed for yourself and others by calling 911.
Beyond the necessity of medical assistance, other steps need to be taken, if possible. If you are unable to do them due to your injuries, try to get others to help you. First of all, you will want to call the police to get a police report so that you have a written record of the accident or incident for insurance purposes. When the police arrive, they will investigate the scene and pertinent information will be included in the report which may become valuable evidence for any future claim or lawsuit.
If you have been involved in a traffic accident and your vehicle is in a traffic lane, you will want to move it to the side of the road in order to avoid further potential collisions and to ensure your own safety. If you have flares or cones, they can also be used to direct any oncoming traffic away from the scene. Flares are a valuable safety tool to carry with you in your vehicle for this purpose.
You will want to get all required information from the other driver in any traffic accident and any witnesses to the accident or event. From the other driver, you will need name, address, phone number, insurance information, drivers' license number, and license plate. From witnesses, you will want name, address, and phone number. If you fail to get these, you may forever lose important witness information and / or testimony.
You should also take numerous pictures of the accident scene, including all of the vehicles involved, skid marks, the surrounding scene, such as any objects, trees, or other things which may have any bearing on the event. You will also want photos of your own injuries and you should take them over time as well, to show their duration. It may be important to make a drawing of the scene at the time of its occurrence, which can show what happened or write down the exact series of events that occurred in the accident. You may not be able to remember these vital pieces of data later, especially if you are injured and subject to physical discomfort or pain.
Finally, you should discuss your case with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Get professional legal advice and an evaluation of your case. Your attorney can review your information and let you know if anything else is needed. If you wait too long to speak with an experienced lawyer, valuable evidence may be gone, forgotten, or changed. Your attorney can then handle all of the legal details of your injury claim or lawsuit while you concentrate on recovering your health.
At the Law Offices of Haleh Shekarchian, you can discuss your accident and injuries with our Beverly Hills personal injury attorney in a free consultation. Our firm can also represent you on a contingency fee basis, which means that you can get started without paying any legal fees up front. Our firm has handled thousands of injury cases throughout the Southern California area with outstanding results. Let us use our considerable experience and legal skills to help you obtain the damages you need and deserve to recover and move on.