How Do You Handle the Aftermath of a Car Accident?

Accidents involving vehicles can be really harmful, car accidents being the most common. Handling the aftermath in the right way is difficult because many people do not know how to go about it. 

People are not aware of when to call the police, who to give a personal statement to, whether or not to go see a doctor because you are feeling okay, when and how they should get their Richmond car accident lawyer involved, or what they should and shouldn’t say to the other party and their insurance company.

Here is a step-by-step guide of how the aftermath of a car accident should be handled:

Get Medical Help

You are advised to get medical help as soon as you can. It is highly important since some of the injuries caused by car accidents are not evident at first and take time to become apparent. Moreover, some injuries require to be treated within due time; for a delay in the treatment is likely to cause severe complications later on. Injuries that don’t represent themselves outwardly include neck, back, and internal injuries

Furthermore, seeking medical attention only helps a legal case later on. If you need to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages, having evidence of needing treatment right away to associate your injuries with the accident is the best scenario to provide evidence in this situation.

Collect Required Evidence

Generally, police are contacted as soon as the collision takes place; however, if you are not able to call the police immediately after the collision, you must contact them once you are admitted in the hospital. 

The police will gather and collect the relevant evidence and ask you to give your statement about the accident. This statement is of high importance and you, at all costs, must avoid giving your statement to someone else other than your car accident lawyer and the police. 

It is advised that if you can, you should take pictures of the damaged area, the vehicle, any injuries you suffered. This will make your case only stronger, especially when you contact your insurance company for the compensation. However, this is recommended only if you are in a state to do it. 

Seek Legal Assistance

This is the most crucial of all steps. The most important thing in the aftermath of a car accident is the compensation. The victim always wants to have full or at least maximum compensation from the insurance company. But such cases can’t be handled single-handedly. The need of an experienced car accident attorney is invaluable.

Car accidents can be brutal and harmful. Many times, both parties suffer severe injuries; however, it is a car accident lawyer’s responsibility to examine the evidence, collect the witness statements, and hold the liable party accountable for the accident.

Other things

These are not necessary, per se. But if you do these things, it can only make your case stronger and more clear the evidence points to the other party being liable:

  • Write down as much as you can remember about your account of the series of events of the accident.
  • Do not unnecessarily admit your fault. You may not be at fault.
  • Avoid talking about the accident with the passersby, the hospital staff, or the other party in the accident.
  • Always have emergency numbers saved on your phone.
  • If you are sure it is not your fault, avoid getting into a fight with the other party.
  • If you are conscious enough, make sure you turn on the hazard lights of your vehicle to let the others know about the accident scene ahead.
  • Do not ever lie about your statement and be factual in whatever you confess.

Book Review: “Get in the Car, Jane!”

GET IN THE CAR, JANE!

  • Author: Billy Van Zandt
  • Publisher: Van Zandt/Milmore Productions
  • Paperback, 248 pages
  • Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

I first flew to Los Angeles in 2015. After I landed I picked up my rental car and headed to a restaurant to meet Billy Van Zandt.

38-years earlier, Billy Van Zandt did the same thing. Only instead of heading to lunch, he headed to Lucille Ball’s house. Ms. Ball wasn’t home. Billy was informed of this news by a butler who proceeded to slam the door in his face. But fate soon lent a hand and, before he knew it, he and his then-girlfriend Jane Wilmore would soon embark on an amazing four decade journey through Hollywood.

Brilliantly written, “Get in the Car, Jane!” is a hilarious look at what goes on behind the scenes in the wonderful world of television. From wide-eyed kids who wrote their own theatrical shows and aspired to be actors to show runners of their own shows, Billy and Jane’s adventures will keep you in stitches as they work their way up the ropes, rubbing elbows with many of the greatest performers in history, including  Lucille Ball, Brooke Shields, Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles, Martin Lawrence, Andrew Dice Clay, Richard Lewis, Bob Newhart, Jamie Lee Curtis, The Wayans Bros., Richard Mulligan, Alan Arkin, DL Hughley, Dorothy Lamour, Elaine Stritch, Olympia Dukakis and Penny Marshall,

Billy and Jane’s writing samples earn them a spot on the writing staff of “Newhart” and soon they begin working on and writing shows for many of the popular television series of the 1990s, including “Anything But Love,” “Martin,” “The Wayans Bros,” “Suddenly, Susan,” “Yes Dear” and “The Hughleys.” All of these tales are terrific. The pages dealing with the birth, and death, of the Don Rickles/Richard Lewis series “Daddy Dearest” is worth the price of the book alone.

Sadly Jane Wilmore passed away earlier this year but Billy Van Zandt is still writing and still knocking them dead in the aisles. Today’s times require a healthy dose of laughter to help get us by and “Get in the Car, Jane!” is the perfect prescription!

Why Are Car Accident Reports So Important?

A car accident report refers to the comprehensive information gathered at an accident scene. It states the location, the time and date, and the parties involved in an accident. It also contains the names and contact information of the individuals involved in the incident. Any damage to the car and injuries sustained from the crush is noted. Witnesses at the accident scene give statements that the police file. The report also provides a conclusion on the case based on the officer’s analysis. 

When you get involved in a car accident, you should file a report with the police. An officer will come to the accident scene and collect information from witnesses, drivers, and passengers. Here are the reasons why car accident reports are so important: 

Proof of Evidence 

It could be difficult to recall everything that happened at an accident scene. A police officer documents the information that can be used as proof when you file for compensation. The report includes the time, location of the crime, any damages caused, and its occurrence. 

Witnesses, too, can give a different version of the car accident, complicating the case further. When you file for a lawsuit, you will need a car accident report to argue your case.

Determining the Liable Party 

A car accident report can help to establish the individual at fault by analyzing several factors, hence avoiding the blame game. With this report, you can also bring to account the liable individual. This way, you get the necessary compensation. 

The police officer might mention who he thinks is at fault. However, the report is not conclusive because insurance firms will look into the matter before agreeing to process compensation. Hiring a car accident lawyer is vital in such scenarios. 

Other benefits of having a car accident report include getting compensation for unforeseen damage to the individual and the vehicle. For instance, an accident can cause internal injuries that can manifest several weeks after the incident. Through this report, you can file for settlement regardless of the elapsed period. 

How Do You File a Car Accident Report? 

You must report the incident to the police immediately, either in person or via the website. The police will interview you and request more information that helps in documenting the event. When reporting, ensure that you give accurate information, lest you jeopardize your innocence. 

If you notice incorrect information, request that the officer adjust it. After reporting, request a copy of the report, review it, and send it to the guilty party’s insurance firm for compensation. The insurance company might call you for a discussion on settling. 

Things to Do After the Crash 

Though some accidents may lead to severe injury, you should do several things, if possible. You are supposed to remain at the accident scene until you’ve filed the necessary report. You can then call the police and report the incident. 

Regardless of the accident’s magnitude, you should file a report. This way, you can get a settlement for any hidden damage on the vehicle and the victim. Besides, reporting helps you provide facts about the incident if the other party sues you for negligence or refuses to take responsibility. 

Engage with the other driver, exchange information about insurance companies and driver licenses. You can also take pictures of the scene and identify the nearby landmarks. If possible, talk with the available witnesses. 

You should contact your insurance provider and inform them of the incident. You can also file a settlement claim. When done, you can visit a health facility to ascertain your wellness. 

What if the Police Don’t Come to the Scene? 

An officer might not come to the crime scene for several reasons, such as an incident’s location (estates) and an emergency service provider’s presence. If this happens, you can call the police and inform them of the incident. You can also document the events at the scene. 

In conclusion, filing a lawsuit against the other driver requires evidence for you to receive justice. A car accident report helps significantly in pursuing your compensation. A settlement case could be challenging to pursue, especially if you do not have a car accident lawyer.

Travis Barker Presents: MUSINK a Three-Day Tattoo Convention, Car Show & Concert

TRAVIS BARKER PRESENTS: MUSINK

THREE-DAY TATTOO CONVENTION, CAR SHOW & CONCERT
MARCH 17, 18, 19 AT OC FAIR & EVENTS CENTER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
WITH PERFORMANCES BY NOFX, THE USED, BAD RELIGION, PENNYWISE & MORE
TICKETS GO ON SALE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 10:00 AM PT
WITH SPECIAL $35 SINGLE DAY TICKETS, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
The 10th annual MUSINK, presented by Travis Barker, is set for March 17, 18, and 19, 2017 at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA. The three-day tattoo convention, car show and concert is America’s largest tattoo and music festival, featuring hundreds of world-renowned tattoo artists, Famous Stars and Straps presents the Low and Slow Car Show, a vendor village and music from headliners NOFX, The Used, Bad Religion, Pennywise, and more.
A limited number of discounted early bird tickets for MUSINK will be on sale this Wednesday, December 7 at 10:00 AM PT, while supplies last. Single-day, full weekend 3-day passes, and a selection of VIP ticketing options will also be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased and additional ticketing information can be found at http://www.MusinkFest.com.
MUSINK producer Travis Barker says, “Stoked to be bringing in the 10th year of music, tattoos and cars with such legendary bands as NOFX, Pennywise, Bad Religion and The Vandals.”
NOFX’s Fat Mike explains, “When I have a cold I like to listen to Muse and take lots of Zinc. So when I heard of the MUSINK festival I got stoked! “We gotta play it!” Unless of course, I get sick.”
Fletcher Dragge of Pennywise says, “Couldn’t be more stoked to be back playing MUSINK, one of the best festivals in Southern California, if not the best! Tattoos, music, cars, bikes, and never ending booze? How can it get any better? Always an insanely great party with good friends, awesome tattoo artists, and some of the best bands on the planet. It’s a no brainer! See you in the pit, fools!”
Dan Whitesides of The Used comments, “Hey everyone! We’re so excited to be playing MUSINK in 2017! Travis Barker and company have been so kind as to ask us to play and we couldn’t be more pumped! MUSINK is our first show back from being in the studio where we will be recording our new album. We love Orange County, LA and the surrounding areas so much, so please join us and get yourself a USED tattoo on your forehead while you’re at it. See you soon! Love, Dan”
The current music lineup for MUSINK is as follows:
Friday, March 17: NOFX, The Vandals, Lagwagon, A Wilhelm Scream
Saturday, March 18: The Used, Glassjaw, Goldfinger, Story of the Year, Hell or Highwater
Sunday, March 19: Bad Religion, Pennywise, Swingin’ Utters
The MUSINK tattoo convention will feature hundreds of world-renowned tattoo artists. Specific tattoo artists that will be inking are viewable at http://www.MusinkFest.com. In addition, the MUSINK vendor midway will include dozens of vendors.
MUSINK attendees are invited to check out Famous Stars and Straps presents the Low and Slow Car Show, which will display some of the best American classics and lowriders in Southern California, including some from Travis Barker’s own collection. Daily tattoo contests will take place during the car show as well.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Early Bird Single Day: $35
Early Bird Weekend Pass (3-Day): $99
General Admission Single Day: Starting at $45
General Admission Weekend Pass (3-Day): Starting at $120
VIP Front Of Stage & VIP Lounge:
$129 (per day, only sold as a single day option)
– 1 VIP Admission Ticket to day of choice, which includes access to: Music Concert, Tattoo Convention, Car Show, and Vendor Midway
– Access to Premier VIP area near the front of the stage
– Access to the Exclusive MUSINK VIP Lounge (21 & over only), which includes: complimentary beer & signature cocktails (while supplies last), several shaded areas to sit and relax, additional food & drinks available for purchase
Travis Barker Ultimate VIP Meet & Greet:
$299 (per day, only sold as a single day option)
– 1 VIP Admission Ticket to day of choice, which includes access to: Travis Barker Meet & Greet, Music Concert, Tattoo Convention, Car Show, and Vendor Midway
– 1 VIP Travis Barker Meet & Greet Laminate
– Access to Premier VIP area near the front of the stage
– Access to the Exclusive MUSINK VIP Lounge (21 & over only), which includes: complimentary beer & signature cocktails (while supplies last), several shaded areas to sit and relax, additional food & drinks available for purchase
– Travis Barker Meet & Greet Includes: Group Meet & Greet with Travis Barker, one on one photo, and one signed item (at designated time), limited edition MUSINK poster, one pair of exclusive Travis Barker Drum Sticks
All ages are welcome, and kids 7 years old and under get in free.
MUSINK hours are 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Friday, March 17, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Saturday, March 18, and 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Sunday, March 19.
MUSINK 2017 is produced by Bill Hardie, Travis Barker, John Reese of Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), and Sean Akhavan.
The OC Fair & Event Center is centrally located in Southern California, just off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. The venue is convenient to all in Orange County, as well as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. John Wayne Airport in Irvine, CA is also easily accessible for those traveling from other parts of the U.S. and the world.
For more information on MUSINK, please visit:

The Rods’ Dave “Rock” Feinstein and Carl Canedy talks about new song “Great Big Fake Ones”

Media Mikes had the great pleasure recently to speak to not one but two legendary heavy metal musicians. Dave “Rock” Feinstein and Carl Canedy make up 2/3rds of the band The Rods a band which has been carrying the flag for heavy metal and hard rock since the late 1970’s. Both members have new solo albums out along with a newly released Rods single titled “Great Big Fake Ones” and we spoke with the guys recently about these new releases and their plans for the coming year.

Adam Lawton: Can you tell us about the decision to re-issue “Heavier Than Thou” and
“Hollywood”?
Dave “Rock” Feinstein: “Heavier than Thou”, and the “Hollywood” albums have been albums that wanted by the fans for a long time.  We felt that now was a good time to re-issue them.  They are both slightly different than a traditional RODS album, so I think that’s what makes them so interesting to the fans.
Carl Canedy: We’ve been in the process of re-issuing a lot of our back catalog that we own the rights to. These two CD’s in particular were something the fans had not had a chance own in a re-issued, re-mastered format. Fans have been emailing us for years asking when they’d be available. So like Dave said it simply was time.

AL:  What can you tell us about the newly recorded Rods track “Great Big Fake Ones”?
DF: There are many words that have been used to describe the song, but when Carl brought the song in, the three of us just felt that it was so funny, and just different enough to make the fans want to hear it.  You have to take it for what it is.  It’s not a traditional RODS song, but it is a very catchy tune that should make you laugh.
CC: The guys have been really cool about doing a song this since I initially brought it to them. It’s clearly a “one-off” type of song. The fans who’ve heard love it. I think as long as you realize it’s “tongue-in-cheek” you can enjoy it for what it is. Personally I love it and think it’s quite amusing. I gave it to the guys and when it came time to record it was done quickly. Rock and Garry really nailed the vocals.

AL: You both recently released new solo albums. Can you tell us about those and some of the guests who appear on the albums?
DF:  “Clash of Armor” is my forth solo release now and was done mostly by myself and Nate Horton. On my previous releases I have had quite a few guest performers. In the past guys like John West, Michael Butler, Jeff Howell and Matt Barnes have all come in to help me on various tracks as has Nate. On the song “Bitten By the Beast” from my 3rd solo release I had Carl and Garry come in. I played guitar and Ronnie James Dio did the vocals.
CC: On my CD, I have John Hahn, a Leviathan artist who is a Mike Varney discovery. I’ve known John for quite a few years as I played on his first solo CD in the “90’s. Mark Tornillo has 3 vocals, Joe Comeau has 2 vocals and David Porter has 2 vocals. Chris Caffery came in and did some soloing on 2 tracks as well as several other artists who graciously brought their talent to this project.

AL: With a career spanning multiple decades what do you find these days to be the most rewarding part of being a musician?
DF: It’s rewarding to still be able to create new music.  Of course playing live is the ultimate rush, and to know that there are still fans around the world checking out our music and wanting more.

AL: Are there any plans to perform this new material live and what type of
plans do The Rods have in place for 2015?
DF: I think I can speak for the three of us that we love to perform live, and if a song of ours merits being performed live, then we will do so.  Right now for us we take every request to perform seriously, and try to do as much as we can to make these live appearances happen, For us and for the fans as well.
CC: We do have a few dates in the works that are not yet confirmed and we have confirmed the Defenders of Old Festival in March with Exciter. We’re excited about this show as it’s the first time in years we’ve been to the NY area. Also, I love the band and the guys in Exciter so I’m looking forward to the reunion.

Blu-ray Review “H.B. Halicki’s Original Gone in 60 Seconds: Car Crash King Edition”

Actors: H.B. Halicki, Jerry Daugirda
Directors: H.B. Halicki
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Anderson Merchandisers
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Run Time: 98 minutes

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Many probably don’t know but the 2000 action film, “Gone in 60 Seconds” with Nicolas Cage & Angelina Jolie, was actually a remake.  H.B. Halicki was the man behind the original 1974 “Gone in 60 Seconds”.  This film gave birth to the car-chase film genre and stars Eleanor, the only Ford Mustang in history to receive starring credit in a movie! This movie also prides itself on wrecking over 93 cars within it’s extremely long 40 minute chase-scene!  This film is the real deal, no CGI, when cars were crashed it was real.  If you are a car buff, then you have to check out the amazing driving and stunts in this film.

Official Synopsis: THE ASSIGNMENT: to steal 48 muscle and exotic cars! THE CHALLENGE: avoid getting caught! ELEANOR: She’s one fast and furious Ford Fastback Mustang– a superhero of car chases…buckle-up as she slams through 5 cities, cops after cops can’t touch her…wrecking over 93 cars in Eleanor’s 40 minute Chase-Scene! It slams you on a full-throttle ride you’ll never forget!

H.B. Halicki’s Original Gone in 60 Seconds comes in a sweet Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack. The film is restored in widescreen and digitally remastered in 5.1 Dolby & DTS Surround Sound. This film has never looked or sounded better. It also comes packs with a great collection of bonus features. “The personal life and times of H.B. “Toby” Halicki, the Car Crash King” looks into the creators legacy. There is an interview with Denice Halicki on the set of her filming the 2000 Remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, which starred Nicolas Cage & Angelina Jolie. There is a rare interview with the “Father of the Ford Mustang,” Lee Iacocca. If you are a commentary, there is a track from Jack Vacek (Director of Photography) & Warner Leighton (Editor). Lastly there are three featurettes “Cut to the Chase” including information about the real accidents caught on film!

DVD Review “Revenge of the Electric Car”

Directed by: Chris Paine
Narrated by: Tim Robbins
Starring: Elon Musk, Carlos Ghosn, Bob Lutz, Greg Abbott, Dan Neil
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Distributed by: New Video
Running time: 90 minutes

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars

If you are aware of the film “Who Killed the Electric Car?”, directed by Chris Paine, then you should known about this one. It is his follow up film focusing on the return of electric cars. The film is definitely interesting and shows a lot of great points. There are celebrity appearance from Danny DeVito, Jon Favreau and Arnold Schwarenegger. I enjoyed the flow of the film and I felt that it kept my interest from beginning to end. Docuramafilms is one of my favorite sources for choosing really great documentary subjects. It is rare to find that you are that entertained from a documentary especially about electric cars.

The film starts off around 2006 after the electric cars where destroyed, now they are back and want revenge. The film is narrated by Tim Robbins and follows GM and Elon Mush as they bring the return of the electric car. The film shows what the future of the car will be and how it is back faster, furiouser and cleaner than ever. The fighters to bring the electric car are Bob Lutz from General Motors, Elon Musk from Tesla Motors, Carlos Ghosn from Nissan, and Greg Abbott, an independent electric car converter. The director, Chris Paine, did a great job and is definitely on my radar now. He knows how to take a topic and turn it into a great documentary.

The extras on the film are really decent and impressive. There is a Tribeca Film Festival Talk which runs about 35 minutes. The panel features Elon Musk, Dan Neil, Carlos Ghosn, David Duchovny and director Chris Paine. There is about 20 minutes of additional bonus footage, definitely worth checking out if you enjoyed the film. If you enjoyed the celebrity interviews in the film, there are about 25 minutes of additional interviews. Lastly there is the theatrical trailer and Nissan Leaf promo trailer also included.