1. Keep the accident from getting worse. Stay calm. Turn on four way flashers. DO NOT leave the scene of the accident.
2. Call an ambulance if needed.
3. Call the police. Always call the police so there is an accident report on file. Unfortunately, memories can and do change if they are not documented by the police. Record detailed information about each vehicle involved in the accident — include model, make, color, and year (if possible). Record the license plate number for each vehicle. Describe the damage to the vehicle and make note of the driver and the passengers who were travelling in the car (truck, motorcycle, etc.) Get the first and last name, badge number, and report number (along with a copy of the report, if possible) from the officer in charge at the scene. If there was an EMT team or medical personnel present, try to get at least one name and the company name.
4. Exchange information with the other driver including name, address, license number, telephone number, registration and insurance information. Identify the witnesses and get their names, addresses and phone numbers if possible.
5. Take photos to document the scene, use your cell phone if you have a built-in camera feature. Take as many photos as you need, but be sure to capture any visible skid marks and take close-up shots of any and all property damage.
5. Identify the witnesses and get their names, addresses and phone numbers if possible.
6. See your doctor if you are injured. Serious injuries do not always result in immediate pain and can develop over time. Do not wait if you have symptoms.
7. Notify your own insurance company, and open a medical claim if you are injured.
8. Protect your rights, contact an attorney. Call the Brouillette Law Firm at 225-706-3333, if you are injured in the accident due to someone else’s negligence.
9. DO NOT give a recorded or written statement to a representative of the other party’s insurance company without first consulting with an attorney.
10. DO NOT accept a settlement or sign anything from the other party’s insurance company without first consulting with an attorney.
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