Steps to Take After a Car Accident [Infographic]

Car crashes are typically caused by negligent and/or reckless driving. It’s certainly not fair to be the victim of another person’s mistake but if you are, and a crash does occur, there are several steps you should consider taking immediately following the incident:

  1. Of course, the first thing you should do is examine yourself and any others involved in the crash for injuries. If there are serious wounds, or any party is unconscious or not responding, call 911 immediately.
  2. Assuming you are able to walk without further injury, examine the vehicles involved. If they are not already pulled over and are blocking the highway or street, move the vehicles as far off the road as possible. If the cars are too damaged to move, call 911 or your local non-emergency number for assistance. If 911 had been previously contacted due to injury, wait for their arrival.
  3. While you’re waiting for the police or tow truck, swap contact and insurance information with each one of the other drivers. Never leave the scene of a crash without securing each party’s insurance info.
  4. Next, take a few notes on the experience. It’s a good idea to jot down the date, time, location, weather conditions, and any other details you think may be relevant for the following investigation.
  5. If there were any witnesses to the crash, try to collect their contact information and ask if they’d agree to make a statement for the police or insurance companies.
  6. Contact each insurance company involved and file a claim, be prepared to give them the basic details of the crash.
  7. When you speak to police or insurance agents, do not make any statements that accept or place blame on any party. Before you make a potentially detrimental statement, you should speak with a Lake Charles personal injury attorney.
  8. After speaking with the police, if they were called, you’re usually able to return home. Do not drive without knowing that your vehicle can still be operated safely. If it’s not drivable, get in touch with a towing service who can take it to your preferred or insurance approved garage.

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Being in a car accident…

A car accident is one of the most stressful experiences you can go through. Unfortunately, what you do in the moments immediately after an accident could determine whether or not you are able to file a personal injury claim. If you’ve been the victim of a car accident, give one of our Lake Charles car accident attorneys a call to learn about your rights and how we can help protect them 337-800-8888.