This car accident guide will help you if you ever get in an auto accident
CALL THE POLICE
You have been involved in a car accident. The first step you need to take is to call 911 immediately. You should give a general description of the accident and any injuries so the dispatcher can send the appropriate response, which might be a combination of police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and/or DOTD traffic control. Do not be persuaded by any driver and/or passenger to forgo calling 911 and filing a police report. A police report is vital to your claim against the at-fault driver and the insurance company. If you fail to file a police report on the day of the accident, you can always try and file a police report after-the-fact. However, you should not wait too long.
TAKE PICTURES/VIDEOS OF THE ACCIDENT
Document the accident scene with your cell phone and/or notepad. You likely have a camera on your cell phone, so do not be afraid to take photos and videos of the accident. Also, make sure to get names, phone numbers, and the insurance information of everyone involved in the accident. If there are any witnesses to the accident, try and get their contact information. Although a police report will contain important information, sometimes the police officer does not gather all the evidence that is needed to make a claim against the at-fault driver*s insurance company.
GO TO A DOCTOR AND CONTINUE TREATMENT
You should see a doctor as soon as possible after your car accident. If you are seriously injured, go to a local hospital immediately to be treated for your injuries. It is essential that you seek treatment shortly after your accident and continue to follow your doctor*s treatment plan so that you can properly heal. Even if you do not think you have injuries right after the accident, your body could still be in shock and you might not realize you are injured. Taking the time to see a doctor and get properly diagnosed is a necessary step to your recovery and getting reimbursed for your medical expenses. Generally, clients first seek treatment with a chiropractor and then, if necessary, medical specialists for further treatment.
DO NOT GIVE ANY STATEMENTS TO AN INSURANCE ADJUSTER PRIOR TO CONTACTING AN ATTORNEY
Be aware that a claims specialist with the at-fault driver*s insurance company might call you to get a statement about the car accident. You should never give a statement to an insurance adjuster until you have consulted with an attorney. The insurance adjuster is not looking out for your best interest, and most likely, the conversation will be recorded. These recording can be used against you.
CALL A LOUISIANA CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
If you have been injured and you believe that you may have a claim against the at-fault driver and/or the insurance company, then you should call an experienced Louisiana car accident lawyer. A lawyer will help guide you through the process of getting the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. A lawyer will properly investigate the accident, make sure you are properly treated by a qualified doctor, and fight for you against the insurance companies. Do not go after an insurance company alone.
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