Chances are you see a car crash or two on any given day. And like most other drivers, you slow down, stare at the accident scene and drive off grateful that it was not you. However, the truth is, one day you might be involved in a car crash. If you are a victim of a car accident that is not your fault, you deserve justice.
However, what you do (or fail to do) following a car accident can impact the outcome of your claim. Here are three important steps you need to take immediately following a car accident.
Call the police
Sometimes, the other driver may be open to settling things without involving the police. After all, you are both adults. However, this can turn out to be a costly mistake. No matter what the other driver proposes, call the police to the accident scene. In fact, Louisiana statute requires that you report any car accident that leads to injury, death or property damage that is in excess of $500. Failing to do so can hurt your claim down the road.
Obtain a copy of the police report
The police play three important roles at the accident scene. First, they get the treatment process started. Second, they protect the accident scene and preserve important evidence. And if the other driver is uncooperative or intimidating, the police can create a safe environment for you to give your side of the story. Finally, they investigate the accident and compile a report. This is extremely important when litigating your car accident claim. It is extremely important that you obtain a copy of the police report.
A car accident can leave you with a variety of injuries. Some of these (like cuts and lacerations) may be clearly apparent. However, others (like internal injuries) may take time to manifest. It is in your best interest that you see a doctor as soon as possible. This way, your injuries will be diagnosed and treated in time to avoid further complications. Additionally, the doctor will compile an injury report that you will find useful when pursuing your claim.
Knowing your rights and obligations can help strengthen your car accident case.