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Parents and teens: Do you know what to do after a car accident?

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The end of the school year and start of summer means one thing: more teenagers will be on the road. It is normal for parents to worry about their teens becoming new drivers. Will they wear their seat belt? Will they stay off their cellphone? These are common concerns that every parent thinks.

Parents can take steps to help their kids learn about safe driving behaviors like staying off the phone, obeying the speed limit and always wearing their seat belt. However, one area that many parents fail to discuss with their kids is what to do in the event of a car accident.

At Rafii & Nazarian, LLP, we care about helping you and your family stay safe on the road. Do you know what to do after a car accident? Consider discussing what steps to take after an accident with your teen before they get behind the wheel.

What to do after a car accident

You can never prepare for an accident. However, you can learn about what steps to take after a crash to keep yourself and others safe. Los Angeles has specific laws and guidelines for motorists after an accident. It is important to follow these laws to avoid any problems with your insurance company and to make sure everyone stays safe.

In L.A., you are required to stay at the scene of the accident and should check to see if anyone is injured. California law requires motorists to stay at the scene of the crash, provide reasonable assistance to anyone who has been injured, exchange contact information with all parties and to report the accident to the LAPD or California Highway Patrol.

Here is a list of what steps to take after a car accident:

  • Pull your vehicle to the side of the road or to a safe area
  • Check to see if anyone is injured
  • Call the police to report the accident and any injuries
  • Exchange contact information with all parties involved
  • Obtain contact information from any witnesses to the accident
  • Take photos of the scene and take notes of what happened leading up to the accident
  • Report the accident to your insurance company but do not make any statements before consulting an attorney

Be careful what you say to your insurance company

All drivers in California are required to carry auto insurance. This means that everyone should be reporting their accident to their insurance company to get started with the claims process. While you should report your accident to the insurance company, you do not need to make any statements about what caused the accident.

In fact, it is best not to make any statements to the insurance company until you have spoken to a lawyer. This is because if you admit fault (even partial fault) in the accident, the insurance adjuster will take this into account.

Knowing what steps to take after an accident is important for teenagers and all drivers to understand. Parents, talk to your teenagers about what to do after an accident to make sure they are prepared for getting behind the wheel this summer.

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