Encountering a road collision is horrifying to witness. But as a motorist, you should follow proper traffic procedures once traffic slows down and there is a possibility of a collision. You must first slow down upon seeing a vehicle’s blinking hazard lights. If asked, you should pull over and provide assistance. If not, you must pass by carefully beside the scene, watching for people on the road. You can also take an alternative route away from the collision itself.
What causes road collisions? Here are some of the most common:
- Excessive speed;
- Driving the wrong way;
- Making improper turns;
- Disobedience of the right-of-way rules;
- Disobedience of the stop signals and signs; and
- Distracted driving practices.
In the event you get involved in a collision in California, here are some of the things that you must keep in mind:
- You must not speed away after a collision. You may be convicted of a hit-and-run if you do so. Stop the car to see if there is anyone injured.
- If there is anyone injured, immediately call 911.
- If there is no one injured, it is safe for you to pull the car over the side of the road.
- Provide your driver’s license, registration card, evidence of financial responsibility, and current address to the other driver involved, other persons involved, or traffic enforcer.
- You or your legal representative or insurance agent must furnish a written report to the California Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days.
- If someone is killed or injured in the collision, you must provide a written report to the police or California Highway Patrol that must be sent within 24 hours of the collision.
- If you hit a parked vehicle or a property, place a note on it. The note should contain your name, contact number and address. You must not forget to inform the city police or the CHP about the accident.
If you have been injured in a collision, you must make sure to seek medical attention first. If you think it is caused by the other driver’s negligence, you must retain the services of a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.