What to Do After a Car Accident

The recent rains in the Southland were a bit of a surprise for Southern California drivers.  Of course, not being used to inclemental weather, Southern Californians usually respond by freaking out, hitting the brakes and causing an accident.

While travelling the freeways this weekend myself, I observed multiple car accidents with 3, 4, and even 7 cars piled up.  It only takes a second for a huge accident to occur and to change your entire life.


If you've suffered a car accident, here are some tips to preserve your health and your rights:

1. If you've been injured severely, try not to move too much.  Let a paramedic check you out and determine whether or not you can be moved safely.  You could have neck, spine, and back injuries that could be made much worse by moving.

2. If you are fine, get out, assess the damage and take pictures of the scene with your phone.  Take pictures of your car, the roadway conditions, and other drivers.

3. Obtain names and contact information from any witnesses.

4. Trade insurance information with other drivers.  Note drivers who claim they are not insured.

5. Wait for the police to come and investigate.

6. Be mindful of what you tell the officer at the scene.  This could be easily misconstrued and will be repeated as a material fact later on.


Sometimes, it takes days or even weeks for severe pain and injury to show after a car accident.  Sure you may immediately feel sore, but it may take a while to discover that you no longer have any feeling in your toes, that you can no longer bend over, or many other issues.  This is why it's important to get checked out following an accident.

If you are in serious pain, know that you're not alone.  Seek medical help and call an attorney to discuss obtaining a settlement to help with your medical bills and pain. Don't just ignore your pain or assume that you can suffer through it.

If you need some help with your accident, call us today.  We're happy to help!