Car accidents are not just upsetting. When a car accident first happens, most of the time the people involved are in shock. Depending on injuries and the circumstances of the crash, that shock can be slight, or it can be serious.
That’s why the best thing you can do is prepare yourself ahead of time so that if you are ever involved in a car accident, you will know what to do.
What to Do? What to Do?
In the aftermath of a car accident, your first priority your well-being and that of your passengers.
If you or one of your passengers is injured, your immediate concern is to get medical attention. Call 911 or ask someone else to. If you are seriously injured, don’t move until the medics arrive.
If you’ve heard Louisiana’s “Move It, Move It, Move It―Steer It Clear” campaign, you know that it is your responsibility to remove vehicles from the roadway to the nearest soft shoulder. After an accident, pull your vehicle into an area that won’t cause additional disruption for other drivers and turn off the ignition. Have someone warn approaching drivers of the accident, if necessary, to prevent further damage and reduce traffic congestion.
You have to report your car accident to both your insurance company and the police if you want to protect your rights to recover compensation.
Whether the accident is major or just a fender-bender, after an accident, call the police. When the police arrive, ask that a police report be filled out, and be sure to get the names and badge numbers of the officers who respond.
It is very important to remember to report your accident and get a police report. All accidents involving injury, death, a hit-and-run, an intoxicated driver, or property damage of more than $500 must be reported immediately to law enforcement. If you don’t call the police and have them fill out a report documenting the accident and all the facts when it comes time to press your claim or file a lawsuit it will be your word against the other driver’s. This will only make your claim difficult to prove and cause problems if you need to file a personal injury action.
Injured? Call us ToDay.
If you have been injured in an accident, contact us ToDay. We are experienced car accident attorneys. We offer FREE consultations and in many cases, we don’t get paid unless you win. Our offices are in Baton Rouge, and we serve Baker, Denham, Gonzales, Port Allen, Prairieville, New Orleans, and Zachary. Call (225) 465-1232 ToDay to schedule your free consultation or contact us here.