Bay Area car accident victims must confront enormous responsibilities within razor thin
timeframes…all while dealing with potentially serious medical conditions. If you’ve been hurt
in a car crash, here are just a FEW of your immediate responsibilities:
- Deal with the logistics of the aftermath of the crash (i.e. getting your car towed away
- and repaired; filing a police report, etc)
- Attend to medical concerns, be they simple bruises and lacerations or more serious
- problems like concussion or broken bones;
- Help others around you, including injured passengers or other drivers who got hurt;
- Deal with interested third parties, such as the police, insurance adjusters, your own
- insurance company, and possibly a Bay Area accident law firm;
- Deal with the emotional, logistical, and financial confusion created by the accident;
- Face long-term challenges, such as rehab or a personal injury lawsuit.
To that end, here are some action items — stuff to do following a crash. This is not a complete
guide, nor is it a legal advice. But it should be a good start to get you thinking:
1. Check for injuries.
If you or a passenger or someone in another car (or pedestrian) even suspects injury, get
medical attention. The endorphins that our brains release in the wake of traumatic events,
like Bay Area car accidents, can fool us into believing that we are “less injured” than we
actually are. The safe bet is to get medical help.
2. Call the police and file a police report.
Even if no one seems “that hurt,” it’s better to be safe than sorry. A police report can be
powerful evidence if you ever need to file a claim or file a personal injury lawsuit.
3. Exchange information with all relevant parties.
These can include witnesses, pedestrians and other drivers involved. Collect as much
information as possible – license plate numbers; the make, model and color of vehicles
involved; names, phone numbers and email addresses; insurance information, etc.
4. Collect witness statements.
Especially make note if anyone involved in the accident says something to the effect of “I’m
sorry I bumped you.” Or “I really should have watched where I was going, but I was on my
cell phone.” Journal your own experiences quickly soon after the accident.
5. File an insurance claim.
Don’t wait too long to connect with your agent.
6. Connect with an attorney.
If you suspect that another driver or pedestrian might have responsible for what happened -
- or even if you suspect that poor road design or some other obscure cause might have been
involved — call a good local lawyer.
7. Find an auto shop near you.
A good shop can provide services and quality parts at a fair price.
If you need help with auto collision repair in Oakland, Berkeley or anywhere else in the East
Bay region, connect with the team at Shattuck Auto Collision Center. Since 1965, we have been
serving customers like you and helping with both minor and major collision repair as well as
with framework, expert color paint matching, insurance claims (we work with all companies)
and much more. Call us at 510-848-6281, or visit us online at www.shattuckauto.com.