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After-Accident Advice from a San Fernando Valley Car Accident Lawyer

A seasoned San Fernando Valley injury attorney knows that car accidents occur with disturbing regularity in San Fernando Valley, California. This mega suburb of six separate cities has more than its share of accident-prone roads, as well as speeding drivers, impaired motorists and red-light scofflaws. But before addressing the dos and don'ts after a car crash, a glance at accident statistics may be in order.

Car Accidents in San Fernando Valley Point to Deadly Streets

A car accident study showed that a total of 90 people have been killed on 20 of San Fernando Valley's deadliest streets. Los Angeles Police Department reports revealed a disproportionate number of deaths occurred on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Burbank Boulevard and Nordhoff Street. Car collisions on these streets also seriously injured 74 people. Ventura Boulevard was also high on the list with six deaths and 45 serious injuries.

Important Dos and Don'ts, Should You Survive a Car Accident

Knowledgeable San Fernando Valley accident lawyers warn that the lethal roads and intersections in San Fernando Valley can significantly increase your chances of suffering a car accident. "If you survive a car crash, you must provide reasonable assistance to those who are injured," advises John Bisnar. "You must remain at the scene, call an ambulance, and if you are trained in first aid and emergency procedures, you should render aid and, if possible, transport those injured to a doctor or hospital."

If you don't know first-aid procedures, do not move an injured person. This could worsen their injuries. Skilled San Fernando Valley car collision lawyers will tell you that the only time you should move a person is if they are in danger of being struck by traffic, in or near a burning car or one that's about to catch on fire. In addition, you should try to alert other motorists of the accident to prevent further collisions and/or injuries. You can use flares on the road, but only if gasoline or other flammable fluids are not nearby. You should also activate your car's hazard lights and lift the engine hood to warn those approaching that an accident has occurred.

Need More Advice? Ask a San Fernando Valley Accident Lawyer

If you get into a car accident, an experienced San Fernando Valley car crash lawyer can provide much needed advice on the actions to take after a car accident. Some of the best car accident lawyers offer no charge, no pressure consultations. And these professionals work on a contingency basis, which means fees are paid when your lawyer reaches a settlement in your case.

For more advice, read "The Seven Fatal Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Personal Injury Claim" by California personal injury attorney John Bisnar. The book ($14.99 value) is free to accident victims--just go to www.BestAttorneyBooks.com to get a copy sent to you, or you can buy one at www.Amazon.com. Be sure to check out other Los Angeles County car accident lawyers who practice with Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP.


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