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Navigating life as an undocumented individual in the United States can be particularly challenging, especially when faced with the aftermath of a car accident. At Fielding Law, we empathize with the specific hurdles you may encounter. Despite your immigration status, it is crucial to recognize that you still have rights. Accidents are unpredictable and can happen to anyone. In the unfortunate event of a collision, our commitment is to provide you with guidance tailored to your unique circumstances, helping you navigate through the complexities that may arise. 

Steps After a Car Accident While Being Undocumented

1.  Call 911

First, you want to remember to remain at the accident scene and follow protocol which can benefit you and your case in the long run. Fleeing from the scene because of the fear of deportation can put you at a greater risk of legal trouble. Call 911 as soon as you can. Your undocumented status should not impact you in this situation, as you are not legally obligated to disclose that information. When speaking with the officer, focus on providing truthful statements about the crash, which can later serve as valuable evidence for your attorney.

2.  Collect Information

Gathering information is crucial to your case. It is better to have extra details rather than missing key information. Here is a guide of what you should gather at the scene from everyone involved.  

  • Full name  
  • Date of Birth  
  • Addresses  
  • Driver’s license number and state  
  • Vehicle license plate number and state  
  • Driver’s insurance company information  
  • Gather witness statements, including their name and contact information. 

 We understand a language barrier can come into play and make this situation more complex. You can download our Accident Preparedness Card to keep in your vehicle and use if needed.

3.  Document the Scene

Take pictures and videos of every vehicle involved in the collision. Capture multiple angles to paint the scene when building your case. If you or other parties involved are injured, document those injuries as well. Scan the zone of the collision for any surveillance cameras that may have captured the crash. Make your attorney aware of local businesses, homes, or vehicles with dash cams in the area that may have additional footage.

4.  Seek medical attention

The overwhelming feelings of fear and uncertainty that can fill your mind after the accident may numb any pain that you are feeling. When placed in this situation, you want to take a deep breath and allow yourself to stay as calm as possible. Identify any areas causing pain and visit a medical provider immediately. In some cases, you will not feel the pain right away. It can even take a couple of days before it comes to light.  Regardless, seeking medical attention right away will put you on the road to recovery.

5.  Contact Fielding Law

Contacting Fielding Law as soon as possible can give you an advantage in securing maximum compensation. Before reaching out to your insurance for a claim, connect with one of our attorneys who can expertly guide you through the process. Our team includes bilingual speakers ready to assist with any questions or concerns you may have. 

Why Hire Fielding Law?

 At Fielding Law, everyone deserves access to justice, regardless of immigration status. We maximize compensation and operate on a contingency fee agreement, making it easy for anyone to receive a fair settlement. If you have been injured in a car accident, do not let the fear of deportation stop you from seeking the compensation you deserve. We have offices in the Golden State and the Grand Canyon State ready to advocate for you. Call 833.88.SHARK for a free legal consultation. Fielding Law is committed to making this process as smooth as possible, trust that our team of dedicated attorneys will protect your rights.  

Note: Information provided is for educational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. Always consult with a qualified attorney for legal concerns.