You're involved in an auto accident and not sure what to do, where to go, or who to call. Knowing what your rights are when involved in an accident is an area not everyone is knowledgeable about and why it is in your best interest to consult an experienced auto accident attorney.
Basic to Do List
If involved in an accident, there are a few things to know to help protect yourself from the get-go.
Do not leave the scene even if you're not the person who caused the accident. In Louisiana, leaving the scene can result in being tagged as a hit-and-run driver and criminally responsible.
Call for help immediately. This includes the police and an ambulance.
If possible, do not make any changes to the accident scene. If vehicles must be moved, make a note of where each was positioned and its condition. If you have a cell phone, take pictures.
Do not make statements that can be held against you should in a lawsuit. This includes taking responsibility for the accident. Wait for the police to arrive to write a report detailing the scene and to take everyone's statement.
All parties involved must provide their name, address, and vehicle registration number.
Call an auto accident attorney.
You have a right to receive fair compensation for damages, your injuries, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. If you've been involved in an automobile accident and need help to ensure your rights, contact the Venegas Law Firm for professional and confidential legal advice.