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Car Accidents

Riverside & San Bernardino Car Accidents Attorneys

Car accidents are something that can shake you up a little, send you to the hospital, or they can merely be an annoyance if the damage isn't too extreme. In any case, car accidents should be taken seriously no matter how big or how small they may be. You never know when a small fender bender can later lead to expensive automotive repairs.

What To Do After a Car Accident

The first thing you need to do after a car accident is to try your best to stay calm no matter what has happened. This will give you a clear head and allow you to make intelligent decisions, decisions that can possibly save lives. Next you'll want to make sure that all injured parties receive immediate medical attention. Even if you don't think that you are injured you should receive medical attention anyway as some injuries aren't immediately noticeable.

You'll want to call the police and file a report in order to determine who was at fault. This is especially useful in a settlement when people's stories are at odds. If you have a police report with you there can be no mistaking what circumstances caused the accident.

Do your own reporting. Exchange insurance information with any other drivers involved and see if you can find credible witnesses that saw the accident take place. Have them write down what they saw happen and get their names and telephone numbers. Take photos of the damage as well.

Even after you contact your insurance company you'll still want to contact a law firm. The reason for this is that your insurance company may not reward you with the maximum amount of money for your auto accident. Even though they are there to protect you and your property, they are still a business and all businesses prefer to save money rather than spend it.

Proving Fault

Even if you are the person that is injured in an auto accident, it falls to you to prove that the other driver or drivers involved where at fault. A person has to exercise "reasonable care" while operating an automobile. It's when they don't that accidents occur. A reputable auto accident attorney will fight to prove that you deserve compensation for your injuries and that your claim is legitimate.

Sources of Compensation

The drivers of the vehicle(s) involved aren't the only ones that might have to pay if an auto accident occurs, and in some cases your insurance policy might not cover all of your damages. Other sources of compensation can include: all owners of the vehicle including parents if the driver is under 18 and employers if the car involved was a company vehicle, government units and agencies can be at fault if the accident occurred on a poorly constructed or unsafe road, auto manufacturers for manufacturing defective automobiles with seatbelt malfunctions, faulty airbags, or defective tires. It's also a good idea to have uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance in case the other drives involve have no insurance or don't have enough insurance to cover damages.


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