Being in a car accident can be scary. But if it happens to you, you need to act fast, especially if there are serious injuries involved. Whether you are involved in a car wreck, a motorcycle crash or a trucking accident, the things you do directly following the accident can help make sure you get the best result in the long run.
7 tips that may help you if you are involved in a motor vehicle collision:
- Call the police: It’s important to file an official report directly after an accident, since insurance companies use accident reports to determine who was at fault in the collision. The police officer on the scene will obtain all of the important information from all parties involved. If you don’t have an official accident report, it may be possible for the other party to deny al fault in the accident.
- Take photos: Almost everyone has a smart phone with a camera. Use it! It’s crucial that you document the scene of the accident including damages to your vehicle and to all other vehicles involved. Pictures can be key to determining who’s at-fault in a car wreck.
- Move Somewhere Safe: If the accident was minor — and the vehicle still operational — move the car to a safe portion of the road. This will prevent further collisions and keep everyone nearby, including oncoming traffic, safer. Park your vehicle, and turn on your hazard lights. If you can’t move the vehicle without putting yourself or others at risk, don’t do so. In that case, move yourself a safe distance away from the scene of the crash. Cars in unstable condition are not safe to be around.
- Never leave the scene: Leaving the scene of a car accident can cause confusion when determining how the accident occurred, or worse – get you charged with a hit and run. Only leave the scene of a car wreck if you’re injured, and if that’s the case, make sure to call an ambulance.
- Collect important information: The police will collect all important information about the accident, but you should still collect as much information as possible for your personal records. Often, police reports are not available for several weeks, so collecting the relevant information at the scene of a traffic wreck will help you file a claim sooner. Collect the following information:
• Names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for all parties involved
• Drivers’ license and license plate numbers for all parties and vehicles involved
• Insurance company name and policy numbers for all involved
• Name and ALL contact information for any and all eyewitnesses to the accident.
- Get medical treatment: If anyone is injured, you need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. In many cases, even minor collisions can lead to serious injuries that require treatment, hospitalization and even surgery ― all of which can leave you with significant medical costs. Quite simply, if you are hurting, we recommend you consult a licensed medical professional to document any injuries you sustained as a result of the collision. Documentation of your injuries is extremely important if you end up filing a car accident claim.However, it is important to remember that, depending on your circumstances, additional steps may also be necessary following car crash ― which brings us to another very important tip.
- Contact Patrick Keating immediately so we can help you obtain the justice you deserve, including compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, loss of use of your vehicle, pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of consortium. We will deal with the at-fault person’s insurance carrier, as well as help you deal with your insurance company.
Call us today for your FREE consultation at 504-513-3333. You can also reach us online. We serve injury victims throughout southeast Louisiana.