Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2023 at 8:15 am    

Let’s face it. No one gets up in the morning and says, “I think I’ll get into in an accident today.” Whether you’re in a car, on a motorcycle or bicycle or just out walking, if you’re involved in an accident you are likely to be injured, in shock and not thinking clearly. It’s important to do your best to keep your head and know the steps you should take immediately after an accident. Often, actions taken or not taken during that time can have a big impact on the outcome of your case in the future. Below are six steps to take if you’ve been in an accident:

  1. Call 911—the first thing to do, if you are able, is to get help to the scene of the accident. Assess if there are injuries to yourself or others and if it’s safe to do so, try to move vehicles out of traffic to prevent a secondary accident.
  2. Get medical attention—even if you don’t think you’ve sustained serious injuries, don’t decline getting a medical evaluation. If you don’t want a ride to the hospital in an ambulance, go to a medical clinic or your own doctor immediately after the accident. Many head, neck and internal injuries are not immediately apparent. A medical record of your condition after the accident is a critical piece of evidence.
  3. Take names and numbers—in addition to others involved in the accident get the contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
  4. Document details—if you are able, take pictures of the accident scene from multiple angles. Also photograph signage, skid marks and anything else you think might be significant. While it’s fresh in your mind write down as many details as you can about what happened.
  5. Report the accident and contact DMV—CA state law requires you to report any accident to the DMV within 10 days of its occurrence if there are injuries, fatalities, or damages that exceed $1,000.
  6. Call an experienced attorney—knowing which way to turn after an accident and how to pursue the compensation you’re entitled to can be confusing and complex. Our experienced attorneys will clarify your options and be your advocate to ensure you are paid the damages you deserve.

What to Do in Case of an Accident

Have you or a loved one been a victim of a DUI, car, truck, or motorcycle accident, dog attack, or a slip and fall incident? If so, Tiemann Law Firm can help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free, same-day consultation by calling: (916) 999-9000 or toll-free: (800) 712-2000.

Client Testimonials

Elizabeth Ochoa Testimonial
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I chose Tiemann Law Firm to help me after a car accident I was involved in. Throughout the entire process, Moe made sure to keep me updated, he always responded quickly whenever  I had questions about anything. My case won thanks to this law firm and its dedication. My experience with Tiemann Law Firm was amazing! 10/10 recommended.

Dawniel Ewing Testimonial
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I have nothing but great things to say about this firm. They have been extremely helpful and professional when dealing with my case. Anytime I needed anything or wanted to be updated they responded immediately. They made me feel like they cared. Highly recommend them!

Michael T. Testimonial
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I sat down and met with Jelena Tiemann about my vehicle accident.I presented all of my documentation to her in which she gave me her assessment.Although the Tiemann Law Firm wont be representing me because my settlement offer was pretty good she was very clear,forward and professional about what she felt could and couldn't be done.I recommend this law firm to anyone who needs a helping hand at fighting a case where you don't have to worry about the outcome not going in your favor. Please don't review this business if you received a freebie for writing this review, or if you're connected in any way to the owner or employees.

Herb T. Testimonial
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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
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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.