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Car accident liability and damages

Many drivers in California will be involved in an accident at some point during their lives. Crashes can be costly, especially if the collision results in injuries requiring extensive medical treatment. Before making a claim for damages related to a car accident, it's important to understand how fault and the extent of damages are determined.

The first action anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident should take is to tend to any emergencies. If a vehicle is in a dangerous area, it should be moved to a safe location. Otherwise, it's best to leave vehicles where they are so that police can conduct their investigations.

If there are no immediate injuries to tend to, it's important to make notes about who was at the scene of the accident. This may involve jotting down the contact information for any witnesses and their accounts of what happened. It's also wise to take photographs of the scene, including damage to vehicles and road conditions.

A driver should make sure that everything in a police report is documented since this can be important for processing an insurance claim later on. Furthermore, it's a good idea to mention any injuries at the time of the accident and seek treatment, even if the injuries seem minor at first.

An attorney may be able to assist a client who has been injured in a car accident. If the victim wishes to file a personal injury claim, legal counsel could present evidence to determine who was at fault in the crash. In cases when it's not clear who was at fault for an accident, an attorney may be able to consult crash reconstruction experts and other witnesses to gather evidence that supports the client's claim.

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