Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Protect Your Right to Recover Fair Compensation for Your Injuries

The steps you take immediately after a motor vehicle accident can have a major impact on your future success at obtaining fair compensation for your injuries. For example, soft tissue are common in auto accidents and include bruising, spraining, straining, and other damage to tendons, ligaments, and muscles in the human body — the “soft” areas of the body, as opposed to bone. Soft tissue injuries can cause whiplash (which affects the neck and upper spine) and less serious structural damage at any joint or limb such as the shoulder, knee, elbow, foot, ankle, wrists, and hands. Although these injuries can be pretty painful and life-disrupting, they’re not always easy to prove which is why it’s important that you follow these recommendations to protect your right to compensation. Knowing what to do after a car accident, as well as what not to do, can give you confidence and peace of mind.

At the law firm of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, L.L.C., we are committed to helping clients who have been injured in accidents recover full compensation. If you are in a car accident, we would strongly encourage you to take the following three steps right away:

1. Gather information. If you do not need immediate medical attention, you can take some steps right away to begin the investigation of your case. You should definitely get the identities and insurance information of any other drivers involved. It would also be helpful to get contact information from any witnesses and take photos of the accident scene.

2. Get medical attention. Whether you need to go to the emergency room or your injuries are less serious, it is always a good idea to see a doctor as soon as possible, describe your symptoms in detail, and take his or her medical advice. If additional symptoms develop days or even weeks after your accident, you should see a doctor again.

3. Get independent legal advice. Before talking to any investigators, insurance adjusters or lawyers representing other parties, you should seek legal advice from your own attorney. Once you retain a lawyer who solely represents your interests, he or she will advise you on the steps you can take to protect your potential personal injury claim.

The one thing you should definitely not do is give any recorded statements to anyone without an attorney’s assistance. Insurance investigators are highly trained at getting people to say things on the record that can be used against them in their personal injury claims.

Contact Our Experienced Louisiana Accident Investigation Attorneys

If you have been injured in an accident, our attorneys will carefully investigate your claim and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, contact us at 800-375-6186 or by e-mail. Based in Lafayette, we serve clients throughout Louisiana.