After your car accident, you may be very flustered. However, to the extent that you can, try to document as many details as possible about the accident and any medical treatment you might need.
First, make sure you document exactly where the accident occurred. If you can, draw yourself a map to preserve your memory. Draw the locations and positions of each vehicle involved in the accident, not only before the impact occurred but also after the impact. Take photos of speed limit signs, other street signs, and other landmarks in the area that might help with a subsequent investigation. Most people take a quick snapshot of the damage to their car and that's pretty much all they do. That's like having only one piece to a puzzle, then trying to explain the complete picture to people later. Get the names and contact information from everyone involved in the accident including passengers, drivers and witnesses. If there was a police investigation, do your best to get the police report. Take photos of all damage to ALL vehicles and photos of all your injuries, but right after the accident and once a week thereafter to show how the injury is progressing (or in some cases not progressing). Finally, make sure you keep a detailed list of all your injuries and all the health care providers you've seen for the accident.
If you've been involved in a serious car accident in Santa Clarita or surrounding areas, feel free to call our office for a free consultation.
by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia,