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The moments following a car accident can be overwhelming, filled with adrenaline and uncertainty. Among the myriad questions racing through your mind, one crucial decision emerges: should you call 911? In Los Angeles, where traffic can be relentless and accidents unfortunately common, understanding the importance of dialing 911 after a collision is paramount. 

Prioritize Safety

Safety should always be the top priority after an accident. If there are injuries, immediate medical attention is crucial. Calling 911 ensures that trained professionals, including paramedics and law enforcement, can promptly respond to the scene. In cases of severe injuries, calling 911 ensures that medical professionals arrive quickly to provide immediate assistance. Swift medical intervention can be critical in improving outcomes for those injured in the accident.

Assess the Severity of Injuries

Even seemingly minor accidents can result in injuries that may not be immediately apparent. The trained personnel dispatched through a 911 call can assess the severity of injuries and provide necessary medical assistance.

Collect Evidence

When you call 911, law enforcement officers will typically arrive at the scene. Their presence ensures a thorough investigation and documentation of the accident. This information is invaluable when dealing with insurance claims and any potential legal proceedings.

Facilitate the Exchange of Information

Law enforcement officers can facilitate the exchange of information between parties involved in the accident. This ensures that accurate details are shared, minimizing the risk of disputes or discrepancies later on.

Create a Police Report

Law enforcement officers will create an official police report detailing the accident. This report includes crucial information such as witness statements, descriptions of the accident scene, and any citations issued. The police report serves as an objective account of the incident, which can be pivotal in insurance claims and legal proceedings.

Control Traffic and Manages the Scene

In more severe accidents or those causing significant traffic disruption, calling 911 ensures that law enforcement can manage traffic, secure the scene, and prevent further accidents or hazards.

It May Be a Legal Requirement

In many jurisdictions, it may be a legal requirement to call 911 after certain types of accidents. In Los Angeles, adherence to legal protocols ensures that you fulfill your obligations and avoid potential legal consequences.

In Los Angeles, calling 911 after an accident is more than a recommended practice—it’s often a necessity. Prioritizing safety, obtaining professional medical assistance, and ensuring the creation of an official police report are just a few of the benefits that stem from a 911 call. 

The Attorneys at Ardalan & Associates, PLC Help Those in California Who Have Been Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it’s crucial to understand your rights and the potential legal remedies available to you. A knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer can advocate for justice and to hold those responsible accountable. 

At Ardalan & Associates,PLC, our qualified California personal injury attorneys will help to walk you through the process every step of the way. We will fight for your rights. To learn more or schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
P. Christopher Ardalan has been a champion for the people since becoming an attorney in 2000 and establishing Ardalan & Associates, PLC. His practice, rooted in Southern California, emphasizes personal injury law where he, alongside a formidable team, tirelessly advocates for his clients. A Cum Laude graduate of California State University, Northridge, and Loyola Law School where he also graduated Cum Laude and Order of the Coif, Ardalan's early legal acumen earned him the moniker “The kid with the golden tongue.” His accolades include numerous mock trial victories, prestigious memberships, and high-profile awards such as being a Litigator Award® recipient and an inductee into ABOTA and the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. Recognized by both his peers and prestigious legal associations, Ardalan’s relentless pursuit of justice is fueled by a lifelong dedication to learning and a heartfelt commitment to his clients. With a reputation as a seasoned trial lawyer and a compassionate advocate, he finds the greatest fulfillment in making a positive change in his clients’ lives, honoring his role as their voice for justice.