August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- A car accident is an unexpected and traumatic experience. The cause of a car accident
may often be difficult to determine, as a recent accident illustrates.
Wrong turn results in collision with vehicles and pedestrians
CBS Los Angeles recently reported that four individuals were injured when an SUV smashed into a Rite Aid pharmacy, shortly after colliding with two other vehicles and several pedestrians. Although the official cause of the accident remains unknown, police stated that the driver apparently made a wrong turn.
An LAPD officer was described as being "extremely frantic" as he was attempting to help the victims involved. One of the four victims was reported to be in extremely critical condition, while the status of the remaining three victims was undetermined. All four victims were transported to local hospitals.
What to do if an accident occurs
It may be difficult to remain calm during the initial chaos immediately after a car accident. However, there are a number of steps that individuals can take both before and after a car accident to help ensure the safety of everyone involved and reduce the potential for future conflict.
According to State Farm, a set of flares, cones or emergency triangles should be kept in the trunk of a vehicle at all times. These items help alert other drivers to the fact that an accident has occurred and also help divert traffic around the scene of an accident. Additionally, drivers should keep a card with basic medical information for all family members in a vehicle at all times.
When an accident occurs, it is best to attempt to remain calm and attend to the immediate medical needs of any victims. It is extremely important to not leave the scene of an accident, especially before the police arrive or information is exchanged with other drivers involved. Flares or other emergency equipment should also be taken out of a vehicle at this time in order to warn other drivers.
The police should be notified and a police report should always be filled out, even in the case of a minor accident with little to no injuries. If an accident is minor, vehicles should also be moved to a safe place if possible. If there are injuries, an ambulance should be immediately contacted.
It is important to file an insurance claim shortly after an accident. Additionally, an individual should not discuss the accident with anyone other than the police or an insurance agent. If an individual does discuss the accident with other accident victims, it is crucial to not apologize or admit fault for the accident. This can be seen as admitting liability, which could result in denial of an insurance claim or difficulty obtaining future compensation for any injuries.
An individual who is injured in a car accident could also benefit by speaking with a qualified car accident attorney. An experienced attorney can perform a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the accident and help obtain any available compensation for medical bills, lost wages or pain and suffering.