It’s impossible to predict when a motor vehicle crash might occur. However, it’s never too early to familiarize yourself with the protocols that you’ll need to follow in the immediate aftermath of a wreck. Louisiana state law requires that you stop and render aid at the scene of the crash. This generally means calling the police in a timely manner.
Get to a safe place
If possible, pull your to the side of the road or into a parking lot, as doing so may prevent a secondary collision from occurring. Once you get to a safe space, check for any injuries, check your passengers for any injuries and call the police for assistance. If you see evidence of a gas, brake or other type of fluid leak, get out of your car immediately as these liquids are extremely flammable.
Take as many pictures as possible
Your insurance company will want to know the make, model and license plate number of the other vehicle involved in the crash as well as the name and insurance information of the other driver. This may be easier to recall by taking pictures of the other driver’s vehicle and insurance card. Finally, be sure to take pictures of the damage to your car and the scene of the crash.
A personal injury attorney may be able to provide more advice on how to protect any data obtained during your investigation.
If you have been involved in a car crash, it’s generally a good idea to contact an attorney to discuss your options and help you recover what you may be owed for any medical bills, lost wages or lost future earnings.