What To Do If You Are Injured in a Motor Vehicle Incident

Follow these quick and easy steps to insure your rights will be protected in the event you are injured by a motor vehicle driver:

1. Call the police

They don't always arrive, but if they do, request that they prepare a Traffic Collision Report. Be sure to inform them of any injuries or physical complaints you are having. Also provide them with any information you have about witnesses to the incident, including name and phone number.

2. Get details about the motor vehicle driver(s)

Write down the full name, address, and phone number of the motor vehicle driver(s). Also write down the name, address, phone number, and policy number of the driver's automobile insurance coverage. Note the physical description of the driver(s) as well as any passengers.

3. Get details about the vehicle(s) involved

Write down the make, model, color, and license plate number of the vehicle(s) involved in the incident. Make note of where damage is located. Don't rely on the police to do this. If you have a camera, or cell phone with a camera, take pictures of the scene, vehicles, and damage.

4. Identify witnesses

Get the full name, address, and telephone number of any witnesses to the incident.

5. Write a description of the incident

Write a brief summary of the incident, including what street/roadway each party was on, their speed, and direction of travel. Include where the point(s) of impact were, along with the location of debris and skid marks, if any. Recall as much information as possible, because with the passage of time, many details are often forgotten. You can add more detail to the description later.

6. Seek Medical Care

Depending on the extent of your injuries, seek medical attention at an emergency room, or with your family doctor. Take photographs of any visible injuries, such as cuts, bruises, abrasions, etc.

7. Seek Legal Representation

Protect your rights by contacting an attorney who handles personal injury cases. Provide the attorney with all the information you have obtained, so that additional investigation can be performed, if necessary. Key evidence and witnesses need to be secured early, as the more time that passes, the more likely such evidence and witnesses will be lost.

Diana K. Zilko, Esq. is a trial attorney in Brea, California. She handles personal injury, family law, estate planning, and bankruptcy cases, and can be reached at [email protected] or via telephone at 714-256-1200.

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