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What Should I Do If I Witness a Car Accident?

Author: Westlake Injury Law

Steps You Can Take to Help Car Accident Victims in California

Just the sound of two cars colliding is enough to make most people cringe, but witnessing a serious accident can be heart-wrenching. It is important to know that the information you can provide as a witness may be critical. You can also help all of those involved by calling 9-1-1 and offering aid if you are capable and qualified.

At Westlake Injury Law, we represent individuals who have been hurt in car accidents throughout Southern California. Our lawyers can help you understand your rights and get the compensation you deserve after an accident. If you were seriously injured in a wreck, contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. 

What Should I Do If I See a Car Accident Happen?

If you witness a car accident, you may be able to provide insight into what caused the collision. You may have seen a driver run a red light or observed someone speeding. What you witnessed can become critical in determining fault after a crash. Therefore, you should always stop if you see a crash take place.

If you witness a car accident, you should:

  • Pull over to a safe place. The most important thing is that everyone is safe. If you are able, pull off to the side of the road and out of traffic. Do not get out of your vehicle unless it is safe to do so.
  • Check for injuries. Check the scene for individuals that may be injured. In some cases, a person may have been ejected from the vehicle and lying nearby. 
  • Contact 9-1-1. Call 911 as soon as possible. Let the dispatcher know if someone has been hurt or killed in the collision so that they can send for emergency medical personnel. An officer will arrive on the scene to make an accident report. Be sure to stay so that you may give a statement about what you saw and heard. 
  • Give assistance where possible. Prior to law enforcement arriving, you may be able to give assistance to individuals who are injured or in shock as a result of the accident. Notify people that may look disoriented to move to safety. Never move someone who is unable to move unless they are in immediate danger. 
  • Provide vehicle descriptions. If someone was involved in the crash and left prior to exchanging information with other parties, be sure to note the make and model of their vehicle. If you are able, write down any parts of their license plate that you can remember. The more information you can provide an officer in a “hit and run,” the better.

Witnessing a car accident can be traumatic. It is important to remember to take care of yourself after seeing an event, particularly when someone is injured or killed. If you are involved in the accident or injured because of it, you need to speak with an attorney.

Contact Our Office to Speak with a Qualified Attorney

If you or someone you love was involved in a car accident, contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us help you get the money you deserve after a collision. We will fight for you and your family. Contact our office now to speak directly with a member of our legal team.

 Contact us today at (805) 338-6880 for a free consultation, and let us fight for your rights.

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