What Should I Do If I’m Injured in an Automobile Accident?

If you are injured in an automobile accident, the first thing you should do is call 911.  Not only will the paramedics arrive to attend to your injuries, but a police officer will arrive to report the accident.  The police officer will gather all pertinent information, such as who was at fault in the accident, the driver’s name, their telephone number, and their insurance information.  I also recommend, if possible, for you to gather the information yourself while the details of the accident are still fresh in your mind.  The most important information you should write down are: Who was involved in the accident (write down their driver’s license information and insurance information)? What happened in the accident (the direction and lane you and the other driver were in)?  When did the accident occur (date and time)?  Where did the accident occur?  How did the accident occur?  The answers to those questions are the basic information you should write down on a piece of paper.  If you are fortunate enough to have your cellular telephone with you at the time of the accident, I also recommend that to take at least five pictures of your vehicle, five pictures of the other vehicle, and five pictures of the scene of the accident.  Make sure not to discuss the details of your accident with anyone except the police officer who arrived at the scene of the accident and your attorney.  The last thing you should do is seek medical attention for your injuries.  In the event that you are not transported to the hospital, it is recommend to see your primary care physician or chiropractic doctor as soon as possible for an initial examination in order to determine the extent of your injuries.

If you or a loved one were involved in an automobile accident and you have questions, contact an experienced automobile accident attorney at the Girgis Law Firm for a free consultation.  All automobile accident cases are taken on a contingent basis.  Girgis Law Firm is conveniently located in Encino, with other offices located in Woodland HillsLos AngelesGlendale, and Riverside.

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