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What To Do After a Car or Truck Accident

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Being in an auto accident can be frightening. But being prepared and knowing how to act can help you get through the situation much easier. In many cases, taking the right steps can also be beneficial to your claim down the road. Learn some helpful tips below. If you have questions about the information presented below, feel free to contact our team at Duck Law Firm, LLC.

If you find yourself in an accident, remember to:

  • Stay calm and remain at the scene: If you are injured in a car or truck accident, pull over to the side so you are safe and out of traffic. You should also turn on your vehicle's hazard lights to notify other drivers that you are pulled over.
  • Check for injuries: First, check to see if you are injured. Then see if others have been injured as well. If an injured individual needs medical attention, call an ambulance immediately.
  • Call the police: After checking for injuries, your next priority will be to call the police. A police officer will be able to help you move your vehicles to a safe location if possible and create an official report of the incident. This report will be important, as it will contain the facts of the incident and the officer’s opinion on who was at fault for the accident.
  • Gather important information: Take pictures of your injuries, keep objects that have injured you, record witness contact information and statements, and any other evidence that may be helpful to a claim. Write down the other driver’s names, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers, insurance information, and the badge numbers of responding officers.
  • Seek treatment for injuries: Even if you don't think you've been injured or if you believe your injuries are minor, you should still see a doctor. Some injuries may appear minor at first, but can lead to more health complications down the road.
  • Call Duck Law Firm, LLC for help: Before you talk to adjusters or settle a claim, seek the advice of a Lafayette personal injury lawyer at our firm. We can help you negotiate the maximum settlement possible or take your claim to court.

Do not do any of the following:

  • Flee the scene: Do not, under any circumstances, leave the scene of an accident before it is deemed appropriate to do so by law enforcement. Leaving the scene of an accident without stopping to render aid or exchange information can be considered a hit and run and can expose you to serious legal consequences.
  • Lose your composure: Emotions are likely to be running high during this time. Even if the accident was the other driver’s fault, do not become belligerent or start laying the blame on them. It is important you keep your cool during this time so you can remain focused on the details of your collision and avoid making any costly mistakes.
  • Discuss the crash with the other driver: It is imperative you refrain from discussing the circumstances of your accident with anyone other than the police and your attorney. Say as little as possible about the crash, and especially avoid using phrases like “I’m sorry” or “I didn’t see you.” These statements, while seemingly innocent, can be seen as admissions of fault and can be used to hold you liable for the collision.
  • Skip seeking medical attention: If you have been injured, it is vital you see a doctor to not only prevent any hidden injuries from worsening, but to also avoid having your insurance claim denied for reasons of negligence.

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