Accident Injury Lawyer

California Civil Code § 1714(a) says in relevant parts, “…[e]veryone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.” This statute is the foundation of negligence law in California and binds all California vehicle driver’s to legal responsibility for causing an auto collision. If someone is involved in an auto accident, California law requires that the parties report the incident to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

California Vehicle Code § 16028 states in pertinent parts, “…[e]very person who drives a motor vehicle upon a highway shall provide evidence of financial responsibility for the vehicle that is in effect at the time of the demand is made. The evidence of financial responsibility may be provided using a mobile electronic device. However, a peace officer shall not stop a vehicle for the sole purpose of determining whether the vehicle is being driven in violation of this subdivision…” California Vehicle Code § 20002 further states that everyone involved in an auto collision must also “…[p] resent his or her driver’s license, and vehicle registration, to the other driver, property owner, or person in charge of that property.

For some incidents, filing an accident report is mandatory. For example, California Vehicle Code § 20008 states in pertinent parts, ”… [t]he driver of a vehicle, other than a common carrier vehicle, involved in any accident resulting in injuries to or death of any person shall within 24 hours after the accident make or cause to be made a written report of the accident to the Department of the California Highway Patrol or, if the accident occurred within a city, to either the Department of the California Highway Patrol or the police department of the city in which the accident occurred…”

How Do I Report A Car Accident To The Department Of Motor Vehicles?

In California, the law requires that traffic accidents on street, highway, or private property to be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles within ten days of the accident if there was an injury, death, or property damage more than $1,000.00. Untimely reporting of the traffic accident to the Department of Motor Vehicles could result in the Department of Motor Vehicle suspending a driver license. California Vehicle Code § 1806 requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to record accident information regardless of fault and requires that the driver file an SR-1 form with the Department of Motor Vehicles regardless of whether they caused the collision. The form can be found at

What Information Is Required To Report A Car Accident To The Department Of Motor Vheicles?

The information that is required to fill out is the following:

1. Number of vehicles involved;
2. Date of accident;
3. Accident location;
4. Whether the accident was on private or public property;
5. Time of the accident;
6. Whether the vehicles were moved, parked, or stopped in traffic;
7. Whether any of the drivers were driving for an employer at the time of the accident;
8. All drivers’ names;
9. All drivers’ driver’s license numbers;
10. All drivers’ date of birth;
11. All drivers’ address;
12. All drivers’ phone numbers;
13. All vehicle year, make, and models involved in the accident;
14. The vehicle identification number of all vehicles;
15. The license plates of all vehicles;
16. The insurance company of all drivers involved in the incident;
17. The policy number of all insurance companies covering the incident;
18. The policy holders of the insurance policies;
19. Whether there was any property damage; and
20. Names, addresses, and phone numbers of any passengers.

Where Can I Mail the SR-1 Form?

Once the form is filled out, it must be sent to the following address:

Department of Motor Vehicles
Financial Responsibility Department
Mail Station #J237
P.O. Box 942884
Sacramento, Ca 94284-0884

Consult with an attorney

Lawyers are not experts in math, but they are experts in the law. Following an auto accident, it is important to have an attorney when reporting a claim to make sure all rights are protected and to ensure maximum recovery of the claim. Regardless of whether there are any injuries or damages, if an accident is being reported, an attorney should be consulted.

Do not wait, never hesitate, and reach out to a professional attorney who is ready to work for you.


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Jonathan Bakhsheshian , Esq.

is an associate attorney at Ellis & Bakh, LLP where he specializes in wrongful death and catastrophic injury litigation.
He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles and earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law. At Pepperdine, Jonathan was the Lead Articles Editor of the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal and a lead member of the negotiations and mediations Team. He competed in several nationwide and international negotiation and mediation competitions. Jonathan continued his studies at the number one, nationally-ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and obtained his Masters in Dispute Resolution.

In addition to his classroom training, Jonathan externed for the United States District Court, Central District of California; United States Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice; Honorable Judge Robert Kwan, Bankruptcy Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California; Los Angeles Superior Court; and for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

Jonathan is dedicated to the principal and philosophy that every injured victim is entitled to the best representation, regardless of their personal financial status or complexity of their case. Jonathan prides himself on being a tough, creative, and fair legal advocate for all of his clients.




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