What Should I Do If I’m in a Car Accident?

In the wake of a car accident, things are usually chaotic and confusing, especially if anyone is injured or the wreck happens in the middle of heavy traffic. Due to those facts, it is a good idea to prepare beforehand in case you’re in an accident.

What Should I Do to Prepare in Case I’m in a Car Accident?

Steps you can take to be ready in case you are in an auto accident include:

  • Carry copies of important medical information concerning you and your family in your vehicle.
  • Keep cones, emergency flares and warning triangles in your vehicle so you can put them up around the accident scene if necessary.

What Should I Do Immediately After a Car Accident?

If you are in a car accident, the first thing you should do is make sure that you and anyone else that needs medical assistance receives it. After that, you should do the following:

  • Call 911
  • Use the cones, warning triangles or flares and turn on your car’s hazard lights to warn traffic
  • If the accident is minor and the vehicles can be moved out of traffic, move them out of the road
  • Get the names and contact information of the witnesses, the other drivers and their passengers
  • Get the other drivers’ insurance information
  • Only talk to the police and your insurance company about the accident and do not admit fault
  • Take pictures of the accident scene and the damage to the vehicles involved
  • Stay at the accident scene until the police and other drivers leave if possible

Find Me a Lafayette Car Accident Attorney

To learn more about what to do following an accident and how we may be able to help you, visit our motor vehicle accident page.

Galloway Jefcoat, LLPLouisiana Personal Injury Lawyers

Did You Know? 32,719 people died in auto accidents in the US in 2013, and an additional 2.3 million people were injured, according to the NHTSA.

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