What To Do After a Car Accident: Protecting Your Interests & Health
Many people are unsure about what to do after a car accident. The team at the Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy in Lafayette, LA, can walk you through what to do immediately after and in the days following your car accident.
DO NOT ADMIT FAULT
This includes apologizing, which can be understood as an admission of guilt. Admitting fault is detrimental to your claim. It increases the likelihood that; you will be held liable for another party’s injuries or property damage.
REMAIN CALM & COMPOSED
Confusion and anger are understandable reactions to an accident, but try your best to remain clear-headed and calm. It will be easier to make good decisions and collect the information needed to protect your interests.
MOVE TO SAFETY & CHECK FOR INJURIES
If it is possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road. Turn on your hazard lights, and if it safe to do so, get out of your car. Check to see if you or anyone else is injured. If you suspect you or the other party are injured, call 911 immediately.
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION RIGHT AWAY
Your number one priority after an accident is your wellbeing. You should go to the emergency room for any sign of injury. Keep in mind that both the adrenaline and shock after an accident often mask pain. If it seems like you have been injured, go to the hospital.
Seeking immediate medical attention is not only crucial for your health, but also connects your injuries to the accident. The longer you wait between the accident and receiving medical care, the more difficult it is to prove your injuries are related to the original collision.
Gathering evidence at the accident scene can significantly strengthen your case.
RECORD DRIVER AND VEHICLE INFORMATION
If possible, collect the following information on all drivers and vehicles involved:
- Driver’s name
- Driver contact information
- Driver’s license number
- Proof of insurance
- Vehicle make, model, and year
- License plate information
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
This information is needed to file a claim with your insurance company.
DOCUMENT THE SCENE
Gathering evidence at the accident scene can significantly strengthen your case. If you have a smartphone or another type of camera, take photos of your car, the other vehicles involved, and the surrounding area. Be sure to capture anything that can help your claim, like a stop sign or a taillight. Also, take photographs of injuries to you, the other drivers, or passengers.
Writing down details of the what occurred just before, during, and after the accident will keep the incident fresh in your mind later. As soon as you are able, take note of everything you recall leading up to the accident, such as road and weather conditions. Record everything that happened afterwards too, including the names of people you spoke to and what was said.
CONTACT A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
Call us today to schedule a free consultation. Let our experienced attorneys meet with you, review your case, answer your questions, and begin working for you. Our goal is to handle all that is necessary to protect your interests, reduce your stress and allow you the ability to work with your doctors to recover as quickly as possible so that we can recover all that you are entitled to by law. Call (337) 232-1934 today.