What to Do After a Car Accident
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After an accident, it is important that you understand the right steps
to take. What you do during and after can make a huge difference in the
results of your claim. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our team.
The Womac Law Firm has been
serving the injured across New Orleans for 35 years. We not only stand up for victims, but we are passionate about educating
them on their rights and options. Below is a list of important things
to remember if you are in an accident.
Your next steps after an accident are crucial. Remember the following:
Do not leave the scene of the accident
Even a minor accident can cause serious injuries, so remain at the scene
of the accident until police and help arrive.
Check for any injuries you may have
If you or someone else is injured, call an ambulance immediately. Be sure
to note the location of the accident so that the ambulance dispatcher
can send help quickly.
Contact the police
Always call the police after an auto accident, especially if you or someone
else has been injured. Police officers will gather information, investigate
the accident, determine who was at fault for the accident, and write an
official police report. The police report will help your insurance claim
and any liability claims. Be sure to note the officer's name and badge
number, and ask the officer how to get a copy of the police report.
Do not admit to fault or responsibility
When you exchange information with the other driver and give the facts
to the police, don't admit responsibility for the accident. The things
you say can be used against you. You might think you were responsible
for the accident and later learn that the other driver caused it or that
the other driver was equally at fault. Cooperate with the police and provide
them with the necessary information.
Seek medical attention
Both you and your passengers should consider seeing a doctor after an auto
accident. Even a seemingly minor auto accident can cause serious injuries.
The doctor might recognize injuries that are not apparent to you and will
document those injuries.
Contact our team at the Womac Law Firm
Our team can advise you about your rights, your options, and what you should
do next. The sooner you
contact us the better because witnesses may forget the details of the accident and
evidence may be lost if you wait too long to get started on your case.
Our team of personal injury attorneys in New Orleans will fight for every
dollar you deserve.