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Eight Steps to Take After A Motor Vehicle Car Accident - California Car Accident Law Firm.

Posted by Michael Arellanez | Oct 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

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Arellanez Legal handles personal injury cases throughout the Inland Empire a region east of Los Angeles covering more than 27,000 square miles of Riverside and San Bernardino County.  If you've driven back and forth between the Inland Empire and Las Vegas you've likely experienced the traffic slow downs of Interstate 15.

"Nearly every Friday and Sunday, a vast stretch of Interstate 15 south of Las Vegas seems to turn into the largest linear parking lot in the West," reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "This traffic backup has been known to make many drivers anxious . . . and police report drivers sometimes drive off the marked roadway in an attempt to get past the traffic," reports ABC13 Las Vegas. Drivers wanting an alternative way of travel between the two states will have to wait until a high-speed train from Las Vegas to Rancho Cucamonga is complete, according to The Press-Enterprise.  As such, drivers should expect traffic and delays on Interstate 15 as they head back to California from Las Vegas especially over the 2021 and 2022 Holidays.

What Should You Do Immediately Following A Motor Vehicle Accident?

What should you do if your are injured in an accident on Interstate 15? 

1. Seek Medical Attention.

You may be seriously injured but not realize it immediately after the accident.  If you need immediate medical attention do not hesitate to call 911.  If you are unable to call ask someone for assistance.

2. Alert Law Enforcement.

Alerting law enforcement to an accident creates a record of the incident.  Be sure to describe to the responding officer the nature of the motor vehicle accident with as much detail as possible.  Some law enforcement agencies will not make a report if no one is injured.  Make sure to communicate your injuries to the responding officer at the scene of the accident.

3. Do Not Admit Fault.

A thorough investigation of the accident must be conducted to determine who is at fault. The accident could have been caused by another parties negligence, a defective car component or the design/construction of the highway. You should never apologize for the accident as your own words could be used against you at a later time.

4. Do Not Say You Are Not Hurt.

As discussed above, you may not immediately realize you are injured.  Whiplash, muscle strains, and concussion may not manifest until some time after the accident.

5. Exchange Information With Other Drivers.

Record the names, addresses, phone numbers, driver's license numbers, and insurance information (and insurance policy limits) of all parties involved in the accident.  If you can, use your phone's camera to take photos of the documents or write down the information.  You should also record the make, model, year, color, and license plate number of all vehicles.

6. Obtain Contact Information From Witnesses.

If there are any witnesses ask for their name, email address, and phone number in case you need to contact them later. The witness may have a video of the accident.  As such, ask the witness to forward you a copy of the video.

7. Take Photos.

You should take as many photos of the damaged vehicles as possible and from different angles.  The photos should also include the location of the accident, road conditions, traffic signs, and traffic signals.

8. Contact An Attorney.

The statute of limitations to file a claim begins run soon after the accident takes place.  In addition, the insurance company for the at-fault driver will want to speak with you in order to obtain a recorded statement.  You should speak with an attorney before making any statements. Injury victims often make the mistake of discussing their case with an insurance company before they have spoken with qualified attorney.  An experienced attorney can protect your rights and help you obtain compensation for your injuries.

Contact Arellanez Legal Today.

If you've been injured in a motor vehicle accident contact Arellanez Legal to discuss your case.  We have the experience to help you obtain compensation for your injuries.  For a free consultation contact Arellanez Legal today at (951) 888-2464.

Dislcaimer: The information provided in these pages is not legal advice, and should not be relied on as such. The content on these pages is for informational purposes only, and is meant as a starting point on your search for answers to your legal questions. The law is constantly changing and evolving. We can not guarantee that all information contained in this website is up to date at all times. Therefore, we recommend that you contact an experienced attorney in your area to guide you through your legal matter. 

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Michael Arellanez (“Michael”) is the founder of Arellanez Legal, a law firm priding itself on client care and advocacy. At Arellanez Legal the client's needs and expectations are of the utmost importance. Michael works with each client to make sure they understand their case and the steps that wi...


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