What to do if you’re in a wreck?
If you have been involved in an auto accident, here are some simple instructions to follow.
- NEVER move your vehicle after an accident until instructed by police to do so.
- ALWAYS call the police. The facts an officer observes, such as debris, location of the vehicles and traffic conditions, are very important.
- ALWAYS exchange information with the other driver. This will help speed up the initial process of resolving issues such as property damages, rental vehicles and verification of insurance coverage.
- Try to take photographs of the accident scene and the vehicles involved with your phone or camera, paying special attention to vehicle location at the accident site as well as vehicle damage.
- ALWAYS seek medical treatment immediately if there is any sign of injury. In some instances, injuries may not become symptomatic until several hours or days after the accident.
- NEVER give a recorded statement to an insurance company. These companies are trained to ask questions advantageous to their insured’s at your expense.
- ALWAYS gather names and phone numbers of witnesses to the accident. An eyewitness is independent and can verify facts when the other driver tries to shift blame to you.
- NEVER sign anything that is presented to you by an insurance company before having it reviewed by a personal injury attorney.
- ALWAYS keep documents, photos, insurance information, police information and witness information together. Be ready to give this information to your attorney. It will make the process of getting your life back together much quicker.
- Call Brian Caubarreaux & Associates at 318.253.0900 IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE ACCIDENT. Remember, if you settle your claim, you cannot go back and make a claim for something that may arise in the future.