What happens if you are cruising along the Pacific Highway and a car slams into you? What if you are trying to get out of the downtown area to avoid the traffic coming to see the Padres game and an overzealous and drunk fan hits your car with his? Do you know what you need to do after you’ve been in a car accident? Most people have no real idea of the things they need to do and the evidence they need to preserve. This can lead to trouble later when it comes to proving liability for the accident.

The first thing that you need to do after an accident is to check for injuries and attend to them. Contact the authorities as well, as it is good to have them help to document the accident, even if there were no physical injuries. You have to make sure that you gather information from the other driver, as well as from witnesses. Take photos of the scene of the accident, as well as the vehicles involved, from different angles. Photos of minor injuries are important as well. Check nearby buildings to see if there might be any surveillance video of what happened. If there is, it can be a great way to prove the liability for the accident.

Take a trip to the doctor, even if you do not feel there is any need. Sometimes, it can take hours or even days for the injuries to present in your body. You want to have medical documentation of what you are doing for those injuries every step of the way. Of course, you also need to contact your insurance company.

Something you should never do is approach the incident without an experienced attorney who can help you. Never sign anything from the other party’s insurance or attorneys without consulting with your own lawyer first.