Print this checklist and place it in your glove compartment.

After a traffic collision, you should normally take the following steps:

1.    Contact Police: Contact the police, sheriff or highway patrol.  

Insist that the officer take a report.

2.    Involved Person Identification: Obtain the following information from each and every person involved in the collision:

        Vehicle license plate number:
        Driver's license number:
        Insurance information:

3.     Witness Identification: Obtain from each witness, their:

        Telephone Number:

4.    Photograph:  Take photographs of the following:

Scene: The collision/accident scene;
Vehicles: All vehicles involved (before repairs are made)
Your Injuries: Any visible injuries (cuts, bruises, swelling).

5.    Don't speak to anyone about the accident or injuries except:

        Police Officer(s): Talk to police officers about accident and your injuries.
        Your doctor(s): Talk to your medical professionals (See #8 below).
        Your lawyer: Speak to your lawyer (It's confidential).

6.     Insurance Adjuster: Don't speak to an insurance adjuster about the incident without first receiving legal advise.  Anything you say can and will be used against you!

7.    Promptly seek medical attention.  

8.    Tell your physician or doctor:

                How the injury occurred ("I was involved in an  intersectional traffic collision.");                 and

                All your symptoms and complaints.

Report memory problems, confusion or disorientation to your physician, chiropractor, or healthcare practitioner even if it seems minor.    
9.    Don't sign anything without first consulting an attorney at law.

10.   In California, you must report your accident to the DMV within ten days if:

        a. More than $750 in property damage to any person's vehicle or other property; or

          b. You or any other person sustained any injured whatsover, or death.

           Use DMV Form SR1.

11.    Call an experienced personal injury attorney to receive a consultation.

Contact attorney Matthew Tozer for a free consultation to protect your rights.

© 2006-2007

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