• California Car Accident Checklist
  • May 9, 2011
  • Law Firm: Bisnar - Newport Beach Office
  • When thinking about the west coast, California car accidents are the last things that come to mind. I think of sunny beaches, beautiful weather, and a basketball team the rest of the world envies. Unfortunately, California has developed a track record of life-threatening injuries and is leading the States in fatal car accidents.  Out of the 42,642 fatal car accident in the U.S. in 2006, California ranked number one and does not seem to show any signs of slowing down or making progress.

    With this information in mind, it would be wise to be as prepared as possible and know how to respond if you were to be involved in a serious car accident. This may be more complicated than one might expect, but the chance of saving a friend or family member from a wrongful death case should be incentive enough to take these safety precautions into account.

    Preparing for the Worst

    Making sure that your car is stocked with all the necessary tools to assist in case of an auto accident is the first step towards protecting you and your family.  Many of the following items can be found rather easily, and don't cost an extraordinary amount.

    Pen and notepad.

    First aid kit

    Camera

    Reflective  blanket

    Flashlight

    Cell phone

    At the Car Accident Site

    Keeping cool after being involved in a serious car accident is a very difficult task, but for the sake of yourself and others involved, maintaining a clear head and moving quickly and efficiently could save lives. Start with a quick overview of your own physical status to make sure you haven't suffered any catastrophic injuries, and then complete the following steps.                                                                                                         

    Call 9-1-1 and turn on your emergency blinker. If your vehicle is in the middle of the freeway, or in a dangerous position on the roadway it may be difficult to make an educated decision on how to immediately limit the danger of being involved in another car accident. Advising the 9-1-1 operator of you and your passenger's physical status as well as the position of your vehicle may help them advise you on how to proceed

    Once you've determined that yourself and your passengers are safe, take out your pen and paper and write down the time and location of your accident. If weather or road conditions contributed to your accident, make sure to properly document it

    Write down the license plate number, color, as well as the make and model of all vehicles who were involved in the auto accident. Make sure to only make statements about the accident with law enforcement officials.

    If you are in a position to do so, obtain information for anyone who witnessed your car accident. You will also want to obtain the badge number of the investigating officerMake sure you take pictures of your damaged vehicle too.

    Obtaining a California car accident attorney

    Moving on after a serious car accident can be a very difficult task. Following an accident, there are many important and time-sensitive processes that must take place so that victims may be compensated for their injuries.