No matter how many precautions you take in life, at times, accidents happen. It could be as a result of a mistake you made or the fault of someone else, but either way it can take a toll on your personal health and those around you. Depending on the extent of your injury, there are several steps tha...
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California's busy highways make it a state with 3,104 people killed and 223,128 people injured in traffic collisions in 2013. Whether you're a driver that causes an accident or a passenger involved in an accident that you had no fault in, you need to follow the appropriate steps to protect your rights after an accident.
The steps you'll want to take immediately following an accident, include:
- Call 911 to report the accident, or call the local police if no injuries are apparent.
- Obtain the name, number and address of all witnesses and drivers involved. Obtain license plate numbers for all vehicles involved in the accident.
- If safe and there aren't further concerns of injury, take photos of the vehicles involved in the accident. You'll want to take photos of the accident scene, roadway and anything else of importance following the accident.
- Write down the events that led to the accident in detail and reiterate these details to the officer who is present at the accident.
- Contact your insurance company or your agent immediately to file your claim.
- Report your accident to the Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days if damages or injuries exceed $750. Failure to report the incident to the DMW may result in suspension of your license.
Accident scenes are filled with emotions and tension. There's risk of ""permanent injuries and loss of income are often the unwanted consequences that follow a car accident,"" states the Law Offices of Zappenttini & Bradley.
You'll want to avoid:
- Arguments with the opposing driver or anyone at the scene of the accident.
- Telling your side of the story to the other driver – save your story for the police.
- Don't sign anything from the opposing driver offering to pay your deductible.
The best thing that you can do in these situations is to remain calm and wait for the authorities to come to the scene of the accident. If you're injured, you should wait for help and avoid any actions that may lead to further injury.
Trucking accidents, when they involve big rigs, are more complex and deadly than a simple car accident. The number of individuals involved in the accident adds to the complexity even if it's just you and the opposing truck driver,
When a truck accident occurs, the parties responsible can include a number of people, including:
- The driver
- The truck's owner
- The employing company
- Shippers or loaders
Complexity leads to lengthy, costly legal battles. If you're in an accident, you may have numerous parties that are held responsible for the accident.
Manufacturers, Shippers and Loaders
Not only will the driver, owner and employer be potentially responsible for the accident, but manufacturers, shippers and loaders may also be involved. An investigation into the cause of the crash will need to be completed.
There are times when these parties may be held responsible:
Immediately after an accident, the name and the laws of the state seldom seem relevant to the victims of an accident, but as time passes and the reality of the situation begins to hit home, understanding them becomes something of paramount importance. Just like any other state in the United States, ...