First and foremost, you have to stop, even if you don’t think there was any damage to the vehicles or injuries.  In California, you can be cited for “hit and run” and could face a severe punishment, if you leave the scene of an accident.

You will need to exchange information with the other drivers involved in the collision, such as driver’s license number, registration, insurance and telephone number.

If anyone is injured in the crash, you need to call 911.  The paramedics and police will arrive on the scene to provide assistance.  A police officer will also be able to prepare an accident report, which is essential when filing an injury claim.

You are required to report the accident to the DMV within 10 days when there is more than $750 in property damage or if there were any injuries.  You are also required to notify the California Highway Patrol within 24 hours if there were any injuries or death.

If you or a family member was seriously injured in a car accident, you should contact an experienced injury lawyer who will be able to explain your legal rights.  You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  Contact a Southern California accident attorney at Steinberg today.

Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982