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What Should I Do After a Car Crash?

The days and weeks following a car crash are often stressful, painful, and frustrating. If you are involved in an car crash, there are certain things you can do to protect yourself and your interests. The following is a list of the top ten suggestions of things you should do in the days and weeks following a car crash. (For a list of suggested things to do at the scene of the crash, you can read our separate blog post on the topic "What Should I Do At the Scene of a Car Crash".)

Notify your own insurance company.

Do not discuss the crash with anyone except the police or your own insurance representative. You are not required to give a statement to anyone but the police and your insurance company.

Obtain a copy of the Traffic Collision Report prepared by the police.

Obtain a property damage valuation for the damage to your vehicle.

Take photos of your injuries.

Visit a doctor if you have any injuries or pain.

Once you have visited a doctor, follow their care plan and attend all follow-up appointments.

Keep a list of all visits with healthcare providers.

Consult with an attorney and follow any instructions your attorney gives you.

Don’t accept a settlement offer from an insurance carrier unless you have consulted with a lawyer. It is helpful to write down a narrative of what happened and address it to your attorney while it’s still fresh in your head.

Keep track of days of missed work because of your injuries.

Keep a detailed list of any out-of-pocket expenses you incur.

Keep a journal of any symptoms or pain you experience and activities which you were unable to perform or participate in.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a car crash, Lallande Law, PLC can help. For a free initial consultation with Lallande Law, PLC, fill in the contact form or call (800) 308-8800.


The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters, and emails. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established. Please note that the attorneys at this office are licensed to practice law in the State of California only. We cannot give advice about legal matters in any other state, but would be happy to assist you in locating suitable local counsel with whom we may have a referral relationship. 



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