What should I do immediately after a car accident?

We're forced to share the road with a lot of irresponsible and highly negligent drivers in Louisiana. Some of these drivers are drunk, speeding or paying more attention to their cellphones than the road.

Imagine, for example, that a drunk driver caused your car accident, which resulted in you breaking your arm. There are some specific things you might want to do immediately following the crash to protect your rights.

1. Get calm, take a breath and survey the damage

Car accidents will usually cause your adrenaline to start pumping, no matter how minor the collision happened to be. Therefore, the first thing you want to do is try to stay calm and take long deep breaths as you survey the damage around you. Look for injured drivers and passengers and check to see how badly your property has been damaged.

2. Call the police and an ambulance

Call the police and, if there are injuries, call an ambulance. Calling the police will help you have the evidence you need from the police report. This evidence can be useful for you later in reaching a settlement with the at fault driver.

3. Gather information from everyone involved, including witnesses

As you survey the surrounding car accident scene, and after you've gotten the medical attention you require, you will want to get the contact information of everyone involved in the crash. This includes the name, address, phone number, insurance company, insurance policy information, and/or relevant information from other passengers, other drivers and eyewitnesses. You may also want to consider photographing injuries and the accident scene.

Know your rights as a personal injury plaintiff

Drivers and passengers who suffer a serious injury in a Louisiana car accident may want to educate themselves as to their rights as a personal injury plaintiff. Indeed some individuals who get hurt due to no fault of their own in a car crash have the right to pursue financial compensation by holding the at-fault driver responsible in civil court. If successfully navigated, such a claim could bring the plaintiff money to pay for medical care and other damages.

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