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What should you do if you have a car accident?

On Behalf of | Aug 20, 2022 | Car Accidents |

Involvement in a motor vehicle accident can leave you in shock. You might not know what to do next.

You should try to remain calm. Here are some recommended steps you should take to protect your safety and your rights.

Initial actions

If you have a car crash, the first thing you must do is stop. If you flee the accident scene, you will face severe penalties. You should attempt to find the owner if you collide with a parked and unoccupied vehicle. If no owner is around, you should provide details regarding your name and contact information where the vehicle owner access it.

Next, you need to determine if there are any injuries in the crash. If there are no injuries, you must move your vehicle out of the roadway. If you leave your car on the road, the police might impound it.

Contact emergency personnel

If the crash causes an injury to anyone, you need to contact 911 to request immediate assistance. Your 911 call should also result in a dispatch of police to the accident scene. If law enforcement is not at the site, you or a passenger need to contact them to report the crash.

Report to California DMV

If the accident results in any injury or death or causes more than $1000 in damage, you must report the crash to the California DMV within ten days. Your insurance company can file the report on your behalf.

In addition to driving safely on the road, you should know what to do in the event of an accident.