Auto Accident Checklist

If an accident happens:

  • Stop.
  • Help or get help for injured people.
  • Warn motorists (use flares, hazard lights).
  • Call 911 to contact the police or California Highway Patrol if an injury or death occurs.
  • Use the last page of this pamphlet to take notes on the accident-write down information about the other driver and car, witnesses, passengers, accident location and more.
  • Cooperate fully with law officers, but speak with your insurance company or insurance agent and/or lawyer before accepting any blame.

After an accident:

  • Call or see Barton Chiropractic at 685-2002 to evaluate your injuries.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company.
  • Report the accident to the Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days if someone is injured or killed or if damage to either car is more than $750.
  • Make a claim with your insurance company and/or the other driver's insurance company to pay for your injuries and losses.
  • Contact your insurance company and/or a lawyer if you are sued.
  • Contact a lawyer if you need legal advice or assistance in making a claim or in dealing with your insurance company. 

1. If I have an auto accident, do I have to stop?

2. What should I do if someone is injured?

3. How can I get help?

4. What information should I gather at the accident scene?

5. If I think the accident was my fault, should I say so?

6. What if I get a ticket?

7. Do I need auto insurance?

9. Do I have to report the accident?

10. Who pays if I'm injured or my car is damaged?

11. What should I do if the other driver does not have insurance?

12. What if someone sues me?

13. What if I want to make a claim for my injuries?

14. How can I find a lawyer to represent me?

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