California Car Accidents-Are You Prepared?
It’s a typical day in California and everyone seems to be rushing to get somewhere. You stop at a light and someone who’s not paying attention slams into you. What do you do? With more than 33,000,000 registered vehicles in California, the most of any U.S. state, car accidents are not uncommon. Have you prepared yourself for “what to do” if you have a car accident in California?
Do you reside in California or are you one of the millions who visit our state every day? Whether or not you reside in California really doesn’t matter, you fall under the same laws. You must carry your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance in your vehicle. Your vehicle must always be kept in good repair including: tires, brakes, windshield wipers and so on, so you cannot be faulted.
California Car Accidents-Use Your Cell Phone
In this scenario, when you have already stopped at a light and someone “rear ends” you, there is an almost 100 per cent chance that you will prevail in a court of law. Don’t take anything granted, not in a state full of “actors.” It wouldn’t be the first time someone said you backed into them. Interview any witnesses if there are any, right away. By that I mean bystanders, and other drivers. As I said, people in California are always rushing to get somewhere. Most people will give you a statement if you do it quickly, and you delay them as little as possible.
This is where your cell phone really comes in handy. If you are the one person in California without a cell phone, go buy one right now. With your cell phone, you can take photos of the accident and any injuries you may have sustained. Next, you want to make sure you get photos of the car accident from several different angles. Make sure, if you can, to get complete photos of damage to your vehicle just in case it is towed and you won’t have access to it.
Take a photo of the person who hit you, if they were drinking it may show, use it to bolster your case. Take photos of the driver’s license and insurance information of the other driver. When you are sure you have a complete visual documentation of the car accident, call 911. If there is a serious injury, call 911 first, then call your car accident attorney.
California Accident Attorney
If you do not have a California accident attorney enter this emergency number into your cell phone right now 1-800-722-0765 tag it, “My Accident Attorney Nadrich“, now you have a California accident attorney. Remain at the scene of the accident until the Police or Highway Patrol show up. You do not have to take a photo of the police, it may annoy them. Give your side of the story to the officer, and before you sign the accident report, READ IT.
This is your opportunity to tell the story in your own words, so make certain you have given the officer everything they need for a complete report. Wait for the officers to leave before you, so you won’t miss anything. The next thing you should do is call your insurance company. Finally, in California you must fill out and send an SR-1 form to the DMV.
If you have been in an auto accident in California and need a California accident attorney, contact us at The Law Offices of Nadrich and Cohen, we can help you.