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2022 Free California Car Accident Guide to Win Your Case – What Do I Do After a Car Accident?

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2022 Free California Car Accident Guide

People have many questions following a car accident, one of the most crucial questions being what exactly do I do after a car accident?

Insurance agents, police officers, and medical experts can give you more questions than answers. Others, such as the driver’s insurance adjusters, will fight openly against your best interests.

None of these people will tell you that you are not as helpless as you may believe you are following a car accident. So here’s the bottom line: If you were injured in a car accident and were not at fault, you are entitled to compensation. And the only person you should be talking to right now is a qualified and experienced accident attorney who will help you get the best results possible.


What Do I Do After a Car Accident?


Reporting a California Car Accident

If there is an injury or fatality, California law requires all drivers (or their representatives) involved in a car crash to report the accident in writing to the California Highway Patrol or the police within 24 hours of the incident. Therefore, it would be best if you erred on the side of reporting the incident instead of not reporting it.

Obtaining a police report at the scene of an accident is advisable. However, you don’t need to file a separate report if you call the police since the police will arrive at the scene and create a report.

In the following instances, it is critical to notify the police of the  accident:

  • There were fatalities or injuries (even minor injuries should be reported).
  • Any property damage worth more than $750 was discovered.


In addition, you should report the incident to the insurance company as quickly as possible. If you don’t report your incident to your insurance company within a reasonable time, your coverage may be refused. Your insurance company may ask for information such as the police report number, the name of the other driver, the other driver’s license number, and the other driver’s insurance information. They may also ask about information about the car, including the make, model, and license plate number. It is best practice to document everything you can. Do not rely on the police to get all the information you need.


Establishing Fault in California

California is a fault state, which means that the party that caused the accident shall compensate victims for both personal injuries and property damage. Therefore, if you have medical costs or property damage, you must prove that the accident was caused by someone else to establish fault. This is why you should immediately enlist the help of an experienced car accident attorney as soon as you can.

Our attorneys will take over most of the legal burdens while advocating for your full and fair financial recovery. See below for some of how we help our clients who have been injured in car accidents.

  • Preserving important evidence
  • Preserving your right to file your injury claim
  • Gathering important information and evidence, such as police reports and medical records
  • Negotiating settlement terms with defendants and insurance companies
  • Trial preparation
  • Litigating your case in court

The right attorney will be able to take action immediately to help you get the treatment you need and the compensation you deserve.


Recoverable Damages in a Car Accident Case

Victims of negligent driving have the right to seek compensation for the losses they have suffered because of the negligence of others. Economic and non-economic losses are the two most common types of damage. Losses associated with a specific economic loss are referred to as economic damages.

Economic damages can include things like:

  • Costs of vehicle repair or replacement
  • Medical bills from the past and the future
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of property usage
  • Costs of burial

Non-economic damages are those that are difficult to calculate, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Inconvenience
  • Consortium Loss/Affection


At ALL Trial Lawyers, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients who have sustained the following injuries which may occur after a car accident:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Open head wounds
  • Facial fractures or lacerations
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
  • Crush injuries or amputations
  • Spinal cord trauma with paralysis
  • Other severe back or neck injury
  • Whiplash
  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Significant scarring and disfigurement
  • Other injuries not listed

These are just some of the injuries that car accident victims experience. If you are suffering an injury that is not listed above, do not hesitate to call us to discuss how we can best help you get the treatment you need and the compensation you deserve.

California Statute of Limitations

If you have been injured in a California car crash, you have the right to sue negligent drivers for damages. In California, a lawsuit must be filed within two years. The car accident statute of limitations in California is two years from the date of the accident, according to Section 340 of the California Code of Civil Procedure.


Contact Our California Car Accident Attorneys Today

Under California law, you are entitled to pursue compensation from all parties that may have caused or contributed to your car accident and resulting injuries. The personal injury attorneys at ALL Trial Lawyers want to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.

In the unfortunate event that you are involved in a car accident, we can guide you on what to do next. At ALL Trial Lawyers, we want to assist car accident survivors and loved ones of those who have died in car accidents in California with their injury and wrongful death claims.

Contact our office at (866) 811-4255 to schedule a free consultation.

We proudly serve all of Southern California.

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