It is never a good time to suffer in a car accident but it can be even more confusing than using when a pandemic is underway. If you have wondered what additional steps you should take if involved in an accident during this time, we encourage you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation or keep reading for details.
Call the Police but Know That They Might Not Respond
California law requires that if there are any injuries in a car accident and/or property damage of more than $1000, then the police must be called. However, this does not mean that the police are required to come to the scene of the accident. If there are no serious injuries, the police might not be able to come to the scene due to increased demand in other areas. In that case, you will need to take extra steps to document the scene.
Take as Many Photos as Possible
You will want to take as many pictures as you can. This should include the vehicles involved and the scene as a whole. If there are skid marks or other specific types of evidence, document that as well. This is important to ensure that if your personal injury attorney needs to hire an accident reconstruction expert, there is enough information for them to determine what happened at the scene.
Get Information from Witnesses
If there are witnesses who stayed at the scene, get their contact information and their names. If there are none that came forward, consider if there are nearby places that witnesses could be. For example, if the accident occurred near a restaurant, it is possible that the staff saw the accident but did not come out because they were working and others responded to the accident.
Be Prepared for Delays
Due to changes caused by COVID, there are likely to be delays at various points. For example, if you need non-emergency medical care, you might have a wait on your hands. When you submit your claim to the insurance company, you might have to wait to receive a response. If they refuse to offer a fair settlement and your case goes to trial, you can expect delays in the court system.
You Should Not Delay – Contact an Attorney Today
The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner we can get to work for you. Even if it takes some time for your claim to work through the insurance agency, we can begin to gather evidence and talk to witnesses so that we can build a strong case for maximum compensation. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.