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Steps to Take After a Los Angeles Auto Accident

There are certainly more than five steps to take after a Los Angeles auto accident but, here are five useful things to remember. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides that there were 3,074 traffic fatalities in the state of California during 2014. 633 of those fatalities occurred in Los Angeles County [1] alone.

If you are involved in an automobile accident, you may have injuries along with some or all of your passengers. During stressful times like this, it is difficult to remember what steps to take immediately after a collision occurs.

If you are involved in a car accident, there are several things you should do at the scene to ensure your safety and protect your legal rights. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Stay at the scene: If you are involved in an accident, do not leave the scene until you have exchanged information with the other driver and/or emergency responders have arrived. Leaving the scene of an accident can result in criminal charges.

  2. Check for injuries: Check yourself and any passengers for injuries. If anyone is hurt, call 911 immediately for emergency medical assistance.

  3. Move to a safe area: If possible, move your vehicle to a safe area, such as the side of the road. This can help prevent further accidents and injuries.

  4. Exchange information: Exchange information with the other driver, including names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information, and driver's license numbers. Take photos of the other driver's license plate and vehicle, as well as the damage to both vehicles.

  5. Contact the police: Call the police to report the accident. They will create an accident report which can be helpful later on if you need to file a claim with your insurance company.

  6. Document the scene: Take photos of the scene, including the damage to both vehicles, any injuries, and the surrounding area. This can help provide evidence for any legal claims that arise from the accident.

  7. Notify your insurance company: Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the accident and provide them with the information you collected at the scene.

  8. Seek medical attention: Even if you don't think you're injured, it's a good idea to get checked out by a doctor to make sure there are no underlying injuries.

It's important to remain calm and cooperate with other drivers, police, and emergency responders at the scene. Avoid admitting fault or making any statements that could be used against you later on.

Client Reviews
I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
Mr. Sweat is a pitbull in the courtroom as well as settlement negotiations - You can't have a better equipped attorney in your corner! It is a pleasure working as colleagues together on numerous cases. He can get the job done. Jonathan K.
Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.
I believe I made the best choice with Steven M Sweat, Personal Injury. I was very reluctant to go forward with my personal injury claim. I had a valid claim and I needed a professional attorney to handle it. I felt so much better when I let Steven take my case. His team did everything right and I am very satisfied. Stia P.
I have to say that Steve has been exemplary! I met Steve at a point with my case that I was ready to give up. He took the time and dealt with all of my concerns. Most importantly, he was present and listened to what I was going through. He was able to turn things around, put me and my case on the right track! The results were better that expected! Highly recommend!! Cody A.