If you are involved in a car accident in California, it’s important to remain calm and take the following steps:
1. Check for injuries: Make sure you and any passengers are not seriously injured. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately.
2. Move your vehicle: If your car is blocking traffic and it is safe to do so, move it to the side of the road. If you can’t move your car, turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers.
3. Call the police: If there are injuries, property damage, or a hit-and-run, you are required by law to call the police. Even if the accident is minor and there are no injuries, it’s a good idea to call the police and file a report.
4. Exchange information: Get the name, contact information, and insurance information of the other driver(s) involved in the accident. You should also get the license plate numbers and make and model of the other vehicles involved. Be sure to gather the contact information for all witnesses.
5. Take photos: Use your phone to take photos of the scene of the accident, including any damage to your vehicle and the surrounding area. If possible, look around for any cameras that may have captured the accident.
6. Don’t admit fault: Don’t apologize or admit fault at the scene of the accident. Wait until you have all the facts before deciding who was at fault.
7. Contact your insurance company: As soon as possible after the accident, contact your insurance company to report the accident and file a claim.
It’s also a good idea to consult with an attorney if you have been injured in the accident or if you have any questions about your legal rights.