If you are involved in a car accident and assume that the police will get all the information you need, then you are making a mistake. Whether you are at fault or the other party is at fault, there are three pieces of information you will always need – and it is up to you to ensure you get them. Read on to learn about these three pieces of information and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you are in need of a legal consultation with a personal injury attorney.
Photographs of the Scene
Phone Numbers and Contact Information
Get Insurance Information of the Other Party
If you are like most people in California who always have their cell phone on them, then it is wise to take photos at the scene. You want pictures of the vehicle that were involved as well as the injuries that you and other sustained. We also recommend taking a photo of the license plate of other drivers in case they leave the scene.
You likely know that you should get phone numbers and contact information from the other parties involved in the accident but did you know that you should get the same information from any witnesses at the scene? An easy way to get what you need is to ask the witnesses to text you their phone numbers with their names. Not only does this assure that you get accurate information but it prevents the possibility of misplacing the information.
It essential to get the insurance information of the other party if you are planning to bring a personal injury case. Even if you do not believe that you will need to file a claim, get the information anyway. It can take days or even weeks for symptoms of certain injuries to appear, including head and neck injuries. If you do not have their insurance information then you cannot make a claim against them.
If the other party refuses to give you their insurance information then you must get the police involved. Remember that every driver in California is required to have a minimum level of insurance. If the driver is refusing to give you their information, then it is likely they do not have insurance. Threatening to call the police should prompt them to be honest about their insurance status.
Do You Need a Legal Consultation?
If you have been in a car accident and are not sure what your next move should be, we have the answer: Contacting a persona injury attorney. Not all cases warrant speaking with an attorney, but if you have suffered any injury and / or property damage of at least $950 then you should contact an attorney. You can reach The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.