Over one thousand auto accidents happen every day in California. Whether you are involved
auto v. auto, auto v. pedestrian, truck v. auto, motorcycle accident, or a hit and run you need to be
prepared and know what to do in the moment. Right after an auto accident you may be in pain,
scared, angry, or confused and forget about what you should do. While each accident is unique,
we at Grismer Law want to prepare you to ensure you make a full recovery. Here are the steps
you can take in the moment, and after:
1. Check for Injuries
Immediately after the accident, check yourself, your passengers, and others involved to
determine if there are any injuries. If you or anyone else are injured, immediately call 911 or ask
someone else to if you are unable to. If seriously injured, try not to move and wait for emergency
2. Move to Safety
If you are able, move your vehicle or yourself to a safe area to avoid blocking traffic or risking
further collisions. If your vehicle is not drivable, turn on the hazard lights, leave the vehicle
where it is, and get yourself to the side of the road, shoulder, or sidewalk.
3. Call 911
Regardless of if the accident is minor or major, you should contact law enforcement to document
the accident with a police report. Law enforcement will help you gather information, obtain
statements, document the scene, and create an accident report. If the police are unable to come to
the scene, you can go to a local police station or CHP field office to complete a report yourself.
Both insurance companies may ask for a copy of the report to assist with the claims process.
4. Document the Accident
Even if law enforcement documents the accident, you should also gather as much information as
possible. Obtain the following information from all drivers and witnesses involved: names,
addresses, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers, and insurance information. Take
pictures of the scene, vehicles involved, traffic control systems, conditions on the day of the
accident, and any injuries sustained.
5. Do Not Discuss Who Is At Fault
We recommend that you avoid discussing fault when giving statements to law enforcement or to
the other parties. Most importantly, don’t admit fault! Even if you believe you may be at fault for
the accident, there may be other factors you may not be aware of such as certain vehicle codes or
regulations that may apply and change the outcome.
6. Get Medical Help
Your number one priority should always be your or your loved one’s health. Not only in this an
important step in building your case, but it is critical for your overall safety and recovery. The
unfortunate truth is that insurance companies do not believe that you are injured unless your
injuries are well documented, i.e. emergency room or treating physician records in proximity to
the accident. Visiting a doctor immediately after your accident is the most important thing you
can do to create a strong record of your injuries.
You also may not know the full extent of your injuries, especially if you sustained a head injury.
Moreover, it is common for injuries to be hidden because of your body’s natural defense
mechanism of releasing adrenaline. Seeking the proper medical care can make sure all of your
injuries are accounted for and documented which is essential to your case. Ultimately, if you wait
to seek medical treatment the insurance company will dismiss your injuries and argue that they
are unrelated to the accident.
7. Contact Grismer Law
The insurance company is not your friend, and they are not on your side. Even your own
insurance company doesn’t have your best interest in mind. They may act concerned for your
injuries, and assure you that they are going to compensate you for your losses. However, despite
their illusions of assistance, their ultimate goal is to pay you as little as possible to increase their
At Grismer Law, not only are we on your side, but we have the resources and experience to win
your case. Our team will be with be with you from start to finish, including contacting the
insurance company, filing the necessary claims, all the negotiations and legal paperwork, and
trial if necessary. We will also track your treatment and assist you in getting the medical
treatment you need.
Call us today for a free zero obligation case review. And remember, we take your case on a
contingency fee basis which means we don’t get paid unless you get paid.