What Do I Do After an Accident?

Car accidents, unfortunately, are a common occurrence in highly populated cities, especially in Los Angeles. Car accidents happen so fast, often within the blink of an eye. It can take one incoming call or one switch of a song for an accident to occur. These accidents can happen by no fault of our own, and sometimes there is not even a way to prevent them. It is completely normal to feel shaken up after an accident. Many people are frazzled, distraught, and unable to think clearly. After accepting the unfortunate truth that an accident has happened, what do you do? 

Here at McElfish Law Firm, we recommend you stick to a strong central theme of controlling the narrative. If no one is seriously hurt in the accident, it is common for people to try to continue along with their days as they are usually in a rush (hence why the accident happened in the first place.) Do not let any parties involved in the accident leave until you have pictures of their driver’s license, license plate, vehicle registration, insurance, phone number, and the damages to all of the vehicles. Identifying the person/people involved in the accident is the most important information to obtain as you do not want to be liable for any damages if they are by no fault of your own. If the other party tries to leave, we recommend that you capture a photo of their face and license plate so that they can be identified later. Accidents are unfortunate no matter what form they are in. 

In summary, after an accident: 

  1. Remain calm and evaluate if there are any injuries. If anyone is hurt, call 911. 
  2. Control the narrative: do not let those involved in the accident or witnesses leave the scene until the necessary information is gathered. 
  3. Use your phone’s camera to take photos of the driver’s licenses, license plates, vehicle registrations, and insurance cards of those involved in the accident. 
  4. Obtain the names and phone numbers of those involved in the accident and the witnesses. 

At McElfish Law Firm, we have 32 years of experience dealing with personal injuries that result from vehicle, motorcycle, and truck accidents. We have won over $100 Million for our clients. If you or someone you know is involved in an accident, call us anytime at (310) 659-4900.