Learn How COVID-19 and Shelter in Place Orders Have Affected Car Accident Claims in California

There is no question that the pandemic has changed the way most people live their lives, and so it likely comes as no surprise that it has affected the way car accident claims are handled. Keep reading to get the details and feel free to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you require a free legal consultation from an attorney.

There Are Fewer Drivers but More Reckless Drivers

There are many fewer drivers in most areas than there generally are, as people shelter in place and work from home. That said, in many areas, there are many more drivers speed or otherwise driving recklessly. They might believe that the lack of other vehicles makes this safe for them, or that the police are busy doing things other than handing out driving tickets.

How to Handle a Car Accident if There Were No Damages or Injuries

Depending on the specific place in which the accident occurs, it might be true that some emergency services are limited. This is why you might not be required to call the police if you are involved in an accident in which there are no damages or injuries. Check the local regulations to find out what you are required to do.

Note that this does not mean you do not have to file a police report – you simply do not have to call the police to the scene. It is also wise to get contact information from other parties – while maintaining a safe distance of course. Remember that just because you do not feel hurt immediately after the accident, that does not mean you do not have an injury.

How to Handle a Car Accident if There Were Damages and/or Injuries

If the accident in question involved property damage or any injuries, then you should absolutely call the police. If the injuries are all minor and no one is in immediate danger, you can call the non-emergency line to find out what your steps should be. If anyone has a serious injury, then you should call 911 to get immediate medical care.

How to Hire an Attorney During COVID-19

If you have suffered a significant injury in a car accident, then it might be necessary to talk to a personal injury attorney in order to recover the damages you need to recover. The first step is to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. We can offer virtual appointments and we are always up to date on the latest court closings, changes, and procedures as they relate to COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders.

If you ready to learn what your options are, then we welcome you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker today.