At one time, the idea of an autonomous self-driving car would have seemed technologically impossible. However, within the next several years consumers may be able to purchase a completely automated vehicle that operates without any human intervention.
In the meantime, many cars are currently built with safety features that can help assist drivers on the road. These may help prevent drivers from drifting out of their lane or help them stop before a crash occurs.
Even as automotive technology evolves, it cannot prevent all collisions on Los Angeles roads. It is helpful for drivers to know what information they are required to provide after an accident.
In California, a driver of a vehicle who is involved in an accident must provide his or her name, address and the vehicle’s registration number to the person he or she collided with, among other information. California also requires drivers involved in traffic accidents to file a report with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Drivers must provide reasonable assistance to any injured person, including helping transport the person to a hospital if necessary.
The medical expenses that can result from a car accident may be significant, as well as lost wages if the injured person is not able to work or must reduce his or her working hours in order to heal.
If a person who has been involved in a car accident chooses to file a claim, they should be aware that this must be done timely. An attorney can review the circumstances of the accident and offer advice about next steps.