If you were recently involved in a Louisiana car accident, you probably have a lot of questions. This is normal; the recovery process is unfamiliar to most accident victims, and the thought of taking on a large insurance company can seem overwhelming. At Manard Law, we are here to help. Below is a brief list of things to keep in mind after a car accident. Of course, the list is not comprehensive, and we encourage anyone with additional questions to reach out to us to schedule a free consultation.
Report the Accident
This may seem obvious, but the first thing to do after an accident is to call 9-1-1 or local police to report the accident. Police officers will typically respond to the scene and create a police report. This report will serve as proof that the accident occurred. Additionally, the 9-1-1 dispatcher will also send emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to the scene.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you are not taken directly to the hospital, go to the doctor as soon as possible. This serves two purposes. First, visiting a doctor can determine the extent of your injuries and will ensure that you receive the appropriate medical treatment. Some accident-related injuries, such as head trauma, are not immediately apparent. However, if unaddressed, these injuries can worsen over time, leading to more serious conditions.
The second reason for obtaining medical care after an accident is that it will document the accident. If you do not get immediate medical attention, the at-fault driver or their insurance company can claim that you thought your injuries were so minor they did not require medical attention. In some cases, the opposing party will argue that your injuries were caused by something else entirely.
If you can, conduct your own mini-investigation before leaving the scene. This includes speaking to any witnesses and photographing the scene. You want to get pictures of all vehicles involved in the accident, as well as their relative location to each other. Take pictures of your injuries, and any damage to any of the vehicles involved in the accident.
Keep an Accident File
When you get home, create a file to put all accident-related paperwork. You will want to include medical bills, discharge summaries, police reports, communication from the insurance companies, and anything else you receive that is relevant to your case.
Reach Out to an Attorney
When you are ready, the next step is to call a dedicated Louisiana car accident attorney to help you prepare your claim. An attorney can effectively negotiate on your behalf with the insurance companies in hopes of securing a favorable settlement offer. If the other side is unwilling to offer a fair settlement, your attorney will be able to take your case to trial.
Contact the Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyers at Manard Law
If you’ve been injured in a Louisiana car accident, give Manard Law a call. We are here to help you in any way we can. We recognize that the recovery process can be challenging to navigate on your own, and we want to help make the process as easy on you as possible. We have decades of collective experience helping injury victims recover the compensation they deserve, and look forward to discussing your case with you. To learn more, call 800-975-PAIN (7246) to schedule a free consultation.