Personal Injury & Employment Law Center

Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito


(831) 373-7762

  1. If possible, and if safe, do not move any vehicle from the scene. Call the police.
  2. Call 911 for the police, and, if necessary, for an ambulance. Always get a police report.
  3. Exchange basic information with all drivers involved; including , but not limited to name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, license plate number.
  4. Obtain names, addresses and home and work phone numbers of all witnesses.
  5. Respond politely, completely and honestly to the investigating officer as to each and every question posed. Do not guess or exaggerate.
  6. Once a police report has been prepared, review it very carefully to determine if it is accurate. If it is incorrect, immediately advise the officer and ask for a supplemental report.
  7. Immediately report the accident to your insurance company.
  8. Do not give a statement to the other insurance company, their agents or investigators without a personal injury attorney present.
  9. Preserve evidence as soon as possible. For example, take pictures of any vehicle involved in the accident and take pictures of your injuries.
  10. Consult with a personal injury attorney in the county where the accident occured. The first meeting is free. There is no obligation to hire the attorney.

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