What to do (and not do) After a Car Accident
Car accidents can be some of the most sudden, hectic, and unpredictable events a person can experience. It can be extremely difficult to remember what to do in the moments after an accident, when your adrenaline is bound to be pumping and all your instincts are on edge. So we’ve put together this list of tips on what you should and shouldn’t do in the event of an accident.
What to Do
- Make sure everyone is safe.
Check for any signs of injury, no matter how seemingly insignificant.
- Call 911.
As soon as the accident takes place, it’s important to contact emergency services. You should call the police to the scene, no matter what, and if anyone shows signs of injury you should call an ambulance.
- Take pictures if you can.
If you have the chance, take pictures of the scene of the accident, damage to the vehicle, and any injuries anyone has received. These may prove to be valuable evidence in a court case.
- Get information from the other driver.
This should be obvious. Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. You’ll need them in the event of a legal case.
- Ask for contact information from witnesses.
Witnesses will be valuable in the event of a legal action. If there are any witnesses present on the scene, get contact information for later.
- Call an attorney.
Get in touch with an attorney you can trust. An experienced lawyer will be able to tell you if you have a case or not.
What not to Do
- Leave the scene.
Even if you’re not at fault, leaving the scene of an accident before the police arrive is a crime. It can feel like a bother to wait, but leaving the scene early is not worth it.
This can be difficult, especially for those of us who say “I’m sorry” in almost every situation. But apologizing for an accident can be interpreted as assuming blame for it in the event of a court case. So don’t apologize.
- Ignore signs of an injury.
If anyone in the accident shows signs of an injury, make sure they get medical care. Even minor injuries should be documented for legal purposes—and quickly, so you can prove they were sustained in the accident.
- Assume an insurance company will give you an offer that meets your needs.
Remember: the insurance company’s interests don’t line up with yours. They want to get away with giving you as little as they possibly can. Call in legal help to make sure you get what you need and deserve.
Chris J. Roy, Jr. APLC has been serving the people of Louisiana from its Alexandria office since 1989. We handle a variety of cases and look forward to addressing your legal needs. For almost three decades, our firm has been defending and filing claims for individuals hurt in accidents, and we have the knowledge, experience and resources to help you. If you have questions or would like to set up a consultation,
>contact us online or call us at 318.487.9537.