If you were badly injured in a car accident and no one witnessed the collision (aside from you and the other motorist), you may be wondering whether you have a viable personal injury claim. Here is the good news: you still have the ability to file a claim against the other motorist’s insurance carrier, if even there were no witnesses to the accident.
However, it is important to note that you need to be proactive in compiling and preserving evidence related to the car accident, since it will not be possible to call an eyewitness to testify about the wreck (assuming your car accident case goes to trial). The information below contains advice on what steps should be taken if you were injured in a car wreck and no one witnessed the crash.
1. Call the Police to Ensure an Accident Report is Completed
In the aftermath of a car accident, make sure to call 9-11 (if you are physically able). Once police are called, make sure to wait for authorities to arrive, along with medical personnel (typically an ambulance). You should ask the officer on the scene for a copy of the accident report. This is important because the accident report can be valuable evidence related to how the collision occurred and whether you or the other driver were cited for a moving violation (e.g., speeding, running a red light, etc.).
2. Take Photos of Your Injuries and Damage to Your Vehicle
If possible, use the camera on your phone to take photos of the accident scene, the damage to your vehicle, and any visible bodily injuries.
3. Make Sure to Get the Contact and Insurance Information of the Other Motorist
Relevant information includes:
- Full name of the other motorist
- Phone number
- Driver’s license
- Insurance information
Once you obtain this information, refrain from engaging in any further conversation. This is important because you want to avoid making any statements about fault and liability related to the accident.
4. Seek Medical Treatment
It is imperative to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after a serious accident. Even if you feel “fine” after the accident, it is recommended to get checked out by a medical professional to assess any potential internal damage (e.g., internal bleeding, organ damage, concussion). This is important because, after a serious collision, it is quite common to feel a jolt adrenaline or shock that may mask your injuries. When you visit the doctor, make sure to save all invoices, records, prescriptions, etc.
5. Take Note of What Happened
It is important to write down, in detail, everything you remember about the collision. This includes describing what happened before, during, and after the accident. Why is this necessary? Because memories fade and your personal injury claim may not get resolved for weeks, months, or even years after the crash. Hence, you should preserve your memories of the collision while they are still vivid and easy to recall.
Have Questions? Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney Today
Getting injured in a car accident is oftentimes a stressful and traumatic event. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an accident, take action and schedule a free, confidential case review with an experienced attorney to obtain high-quality, personal legal representation. The Law Offices of Ramtin Sadighim is here to help. Our personal injury law firm can help you pursue the financial restitution you are owed. Contact our office today at 888.999.8744 or visit www.CaliAccidentAttorney.com to learn more.