You can’t be expected to know everything about processes you’ve never been involved in. If you’ve never been hurt in a vehicle collision, you likely won’t know how to file a car crash claim. You might have a general idea that after an accident you’re supposed to call an insurance company, but you probably don’t know a lot more than that.

That’s why we’ve put together this page—to give you some information on the California car accident claim process.

Basic Steps to the Car Wreck Claim Process in California

Following your crash, the first step is to seek medical attention for anyone who’s been injured. You might want to call the police, as well, especially if your accident was anything more than the most minor of fender benders.

After everyone has received medical treatment, you might want to document the accident scene and collect evidence, such as witness statements. If the police arrive, they can do a lot of the investigation work for you, which is helpful.

Not everyone can investigate their own car accident right away, especially if you were carted off to the hospital. A lawyer can help you with the investigation process.

Next, the person who was to blame for a car accident could be made to pay for the crash-related damages under California’s fault law. That means that the at-fault person’s insurance company should be notified of the accident.

You might want to be careful when speaking to another person’s insurance company, because they aren’t on your team. You could harm your case inadvertently.

Once you’ve gathered evidence of who caused the crash, you want to put together your injury case. This will include documentation of your injuries and accident-related expenses. You will want to include this information when you submit your case to the insurance company.

The insurer could be made to pay you for all the damages you suffering, including physical pain, mental trauma, and other types of non-monetary damages, in some cases.

Going to court is rarely needed, but it is always a possibility and would be the last step in the process.

Get Help from a California Automobile Crash Attorney

Understanding the California car accident claim process is important to you, but you don’t have to figure everything out on your own. Call a knowledgeable auto wreck attorney in California who knows this process backward and forward. Custodio & Dubey LLP can be reached through the form below, or you can call 213-593-9095 for your free case review.