Although we hope to avoid them at all costs, accidents do happen. And while we can’t always prevent them, we can help you understand what you should do immediately after a car accident.
So, if you experience a car accident, follow these steps to ensure everyone is safe, everyone adheres to the law, and everyone submits their claims accordingly.
1. Stay on the Scene
Even if the accident is a minor fender bender, it’s crucial that you always stay on the scene. Turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers and leave your vehicle as is unless it is blocking traffic. We also suggest that you call 911, just in case. This will help ensure everyone’s injuries, whether large or small, are accounted for and the scene is accurately reviewed by the police.
2. Keep Track of the Facts
Speaking of reviewing the scene, be sure to discuss the events that led up to the event with the police officer. Provide them with as much detail as possible and, if possible, collect your own photos of the scene for your records.
When emergency responders inquire about your injuries, it is important that you describe to them anything that has any pain or concern. These conversations are used to assist your case and insurance claim for injuries that have occurred. People often respond that they are not hurt at the scene, but what they really mean is that they don’t perceive anything serious. Tell the truth. If you have some minor pain, report it. Minor pains often turn into bigger symptoms. In some cases, you may not show signs of injuries until days, weeks, or months after the accident has occurred.
3. Exchange Details with the Other Driver
Once you’ve discussed the details of the accident with the police, speak with the driver(s) of the other car(s) involved to collect their name, address, phone number, and insurance information. Similarly, if there are witnesses nearby, make sure to collect their contact information as well in case you need it later on.
4. Get in Touch with Your Insurance Provider
Whether it is a small or large accident, it’s best to notify your insurance provider as soon as you can. They can advise you on the next steps to submitting your claim, as well as what you might be able to expect throughout the process.
5. Seek Legal Representation
Unfortunately, not all accidents are simple cases. By seeking out legal representation, you can focus on your recovery from the accident while your lawyer reviews your case and represents you to recover economic and noneconomic damages.
If you have experienced a car accident in the last 12 months in Louisiana and you need the services of a personal injury attorney, please contact Collins Law at 318-626-7300 or fill out our online form to schedule your Free Case Evaluation. We make every effort to ensure that you receive the justice you deserve.