Ideally, you will never be in a motor vehicle collision. However, it is crucial to be aware of what to do following an accident. This is especially true in California, a state with a high rate of auto accidents.
By adopting safe driving practices and placing a high priority on vehicle maintenance, you can reduce your likelihood of being involved in a car accident. Sadly, you have no control over the decisions other drivers make while operating a vehicle. After an accident caused by the negligence of someone else, it is best to retain an attorney. The experienced car accident attorneys at Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo, LLP are here to help.
California Accident Law
Any vehicle that is registered with the State of California needs to have proof of insurance.
There are minimum insurance coverage requirements in California. These minimums, which are mandated by California Insurance Code 11580.1b, assist in making sure that any expenses connected with an accident, a person’s injuries, or property damage are covered. According to California Vehicle Code 16056, all drivers are required to keep a minimum of 15/30/5 coverage on all legally driven cars. This coverage must include $15,000 for one person’s harm or fatality, $5,000 for property damage, and $30,000 for multiple person injuries or fatalities.
Additionally, California law mandates that your auto insurance company provide uninsured motorist bodily injury and underinsured motorist coverage. In the event that you are engaged in a collision with a driver who is driving without insurance, this insurance coverage can assist in covering your injuries and property damage.
5 Steps to Take After an Accident
After a vehicle accident, it is normal to be frantic and a little uneased. The best thing to do is to try to remain calm and ensure your safety. Once you have moved to a safe area and checked for any bodily injuries, it is best to take the following steps:
- Call 911 and report the accident, and also inform them of any injuries.
- Documents the scene, which includes taking pictures before moving the vehicle and obtaining the drivers’ information (insurance, license plate, license number, name, and address).
- Obtain testimony and names of any witnesses at the scene.
- Report the accident to the insurance companies and give them your full testimony, as well as the contact information for any witnesses.
- Preserve all records, which includes any post-care received at the hospital or doctor’s office.
If you do the following, it is likely that you will have a strong claim against the insurance company or individual who caused the accident. After leaving the scene of the accident and obtaining all necessary information, the next step is to contact an attorney.
The Car Accident Attorneys at Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo LLP
ACTS Law’s Los Angeles auto accident attorneys can be reached immediately. Our lawyers can assist you in determining the parties’ levels of responsibility, your entitlement to compensation, and the procedures you should take to get just compensation for your suffering. Call us at 833-ACTS-LAW right away to arrange a free, private consultation, or get in touch with us online.