An accident is an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally. Having a clear understanding of what to do after can have a profound effect. It also might be the key to your well-being, and in some cases, of survival.

Step #1: Stop

In Louisiana, it is against the law to leave the scene of an accident. You need to stop your vehicle at a safe place, as close to the crash as possible. If you don’t stop, even if the accident does not appear to be serious, you are considered a hit-and-run driver and could be fined or sent to jail.

Step #2: Call For Help

Call 911 immediately if you or another person are injured in a car accident. Do not try to move an injured person if you are not adequately trained.

Step #3: Exchange Information

Provide all drivers involved in the accident your name, address, and vehicle registration number. You should also request their information. Take a picture of their driver’s license with your phone if you have access to it.

Step #4: Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company

Even if there is minimal property damage, and no apparent injuries, additional expenses may come up later. If you have access to a phone or camera, take a few photos to document injuries or property damages. Ask witnesses for their names and contact information, in case your insurance company needs their formal declaration. If the accident were not your fault, some laws would protect you from having your insurance rates raised.

Step #5 Hire A Personal Injury Attorney

A personal injury attorney may be able to help you receive the compensation for medical expenses and property repairs that occurred as the result of the accident. Feel free to contact us for a free case evaluation of your case.

Learn more about the safety of the state’s roads by visiting the Louisiana State University Highway Safety Research Group. Here you can view the circumstances surrounding your accident and other relevant data.