Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018 at 3:23 am    


In most cases, your commute to work is without any events, other than possibly being stuck in a traffic jam. Unfortunately, for some drivers, their commute is interrupted by a traffic accident. The immediate surge of emotion and adrenaline can make it difficult to think. When panic sets in, you may find it almost impossible to take the steps you need to take after a Sacramento traffic accident.

To make it easier for you, we have compiled a step-by-step checklist of what to do after a car accident. We encourage you to print our list and keep it in your vehicle in case of an accident.

Stay at the Accident Scene

Do not leave the accident scene. You can be charged with leaving the scene of an accident. If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road to avoid another collision.

Check on Others

Check on other people involved in the accident. You must be very careful, especially if the accident is on a busy road. After you make sure no one needs your assistance, return to your vehicle and focus on your injuries. Do not say “I’m sorry” or anything else that can be construed as accepting fault.

Call 911

Call for emergency medical services and the police. Stay on the line with the emergency operator until he or she tells you to do something different. If there are no injuries and little property damage, the police may not come to the accident scene. If not, report the crash to the DMV immediately. You need a record of the crash for your claim.

Exchange Information with the Other Driver

If the police come to the crash scene, the officer will obtain your insurance information and personal information. However, if the police do not respond, you must exchange information with the other driver. The information you should provide and receive from the other driver includes:

  • Name and address
  • License tag number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Insurance information
  • Contact numbers

Document the Accident Scene

If it is safe to do so, take pictures of the accident scene, including all vehicles involved. Ask for the names and contact information of any witnesses. Take a few notes about the crash scene and how the collision occurred while it is fresh on your mind.

Seek Medical Attention

If you did not go to the hospital directly from the crash scene, you need to see your doctor as soon as possible. Documenting your injuries and medical treatment is very important for your accident claim.

Call Your Insurance Provider

Regardless of whether the crash is your fault, you must report the collision to your insurance company. You may be required to provide the police report or other information to your insurance provider.

Be Careful What You Say

Be very careful who you talk to about the crash and what you say to that person. Anything you say can be misconstrued and used against you. Until you have spoken with an attorney, avoid posting anything online, including using social media. Also, refrain from discussing the accident or your injuries with anyone other than your doctor.

Call a Sacramento Accident Attorney

We encourage you to contact our office to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Your first appoint with our Sacramento injury attorney is free of charge, so you have no reason not to get help.

Call Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000.

Client Testimonials

Herb T. Testimonial

The Tiemanns were referred to me by a friend and I am exceptionally happy with the service I received. I had never been in an accident before. I had no idea what to do. Jelena verbally explained how everything would work to me, and she and Peter handled everything. I didn't have to lift a finger once. They went above and beyond for me and I am extremely grateful. I pray I won't ever need this type of assistance again, but I will definitely be referring them to friends and family.

Jennifer T. Testimonial

I highly recommend The Tiemann Law Firm! I had never before been in a situation where I sustained injury and had to seek legal representation. I was nervous, traumatized, and had no idea what to expect. Jelena, Peter, and their staff walked me through each step of the process. They explained everything in detail. They patiently answered all my questions, responded quickly to every email, text message, phone call, etc. I felt totally prepared for each new phase of the legal process. Furthermore, they were fearless in their defense of me. In certain situations, when I felt attacked or scared my attorney protected me like I was family. Their diligence, honesty, integrity, and compassion provided a true sense of healing and closure for my family and I. The Tiemann Law Firm accomplished more for me than I ever thought possible and I am forever grateful.

S.B. Testimonial

Here's the thing... Nobody really thinks much about lawyers until they need one.  Well, we needed one!  The Tieman Law Firm came through for us in a big way. They were professional, courteous, thorough, and had excellent staff as well.  Highly recommended...

Jereme S. Testimonial

No one wants to have to hire a lawyer, but if you do. I prefer Tiemann Law. They helped a family member who was injured on the job, and the company did not want to compensate him even though, the injury occurred on the job on company time. Jelena was always professional in explaining the lengthy process of fighting a large corporation. 2 years later he finally is receiving the deserved compensation.

Hanna Padilla Testimonial

From the very start of my case the Tiemann Law Firm was wonderful. Perter came all the way to my home to sit down and talk to me about my options. He made me and my partner feel very comfortable and promised us he would take the very best care of my case. Peter kept me informed every step of the way and was always on top of things. everything was done in a timely manor and I always felt like I was the only case he was working on because he was so fast. In the end Peter got me back way more money than I ever expected. I would recommend this law firm to everyone. I am very happy with the outcome of my case thanks to the Tiemann Law Firm! Thank you!