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What should I do after a car accident?

Car accidents in Louisiana are often one of life's most frightening and stressful situations. It is important for you to learn how to handle the aftermath of a car accident just in case you are ever involved in one.

Here is a brief overview on how you should handle a car accident situation.

Stay calm and aware

The collision alone can leave you feeling disoriented and confused. It is important for you to remain calm after the impact. You need to stay aware of your surroundings and take immediate action to preserve evidence and prevent further injury and complications that could affect your outcome. Check yourself and others for injuries.

Make sure it is safe

Turn on your vehicle's hazard lights to inform other motorists to slow down, proceed with caution and, if possible, to avoid the area. Check to see if your vehicle is in a safe position. If it is blocking the road and your car is still drivable, move it to the shoulder of the road.

Contact the authorities

Use your cell phone to call the authorities to inform them about your car accident. Wait for them to arrive. Even if the accident is minor and there is not much damage to the vehicles involved, you should remain on the scene. The police will collect your statement, evidence and the names of all parties who are a part of the situation. Do not say anything that assigns you responsibility for the accident. You should also gather evidence for yourself to ensure that you have enough documentation to support your claim. Crucial pieces of evidence you should collect include the other driver's policy information, photos of the vehicles and accident scene, and the names and phone numbers of all witnesses.

See a doctor

It is not uncommon for car accident victims to suffer from life-threatening catastrophic injuries. You should visit the closest medical facility for assessment and treatment. You may not have any significant or visible injuries at the time of the accident. However, injuries can show up in the days afterward that you may not know about, like whiplash. There is also the chance you may have mild to severe brain damage, such as a concussion, shock, memory loss and contusions.

The aftermath of a car accident may be scary. Stay calm and do not ignore or procrastinate about the situation. Take immediate action to improve the likelihood of a better outcome.

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