Auto Accident Claims
Every day thousands of people get in their automobiles to drive to work, run errands, travel, and a wide variety of other reasons. With so many people on the road, the fact is that someone is going to be involved in an auto accident. Speeding, talking on their cell phone, ignoring posted traffic signs, or driving under the influence are all causes of accidents. When a driver is negligent and causes an accident, they will be liable in tort for compensating the victim of their wrongdoing, and in cases where drunk driving causes an accident, the victim may be able to recover punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages. Here are some tips from an experienced New Orleans automobile accident attorney about what you should do after you have been in a collision.
How to Respond After an Car Accident
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, there are a number of steps you need to take to protect your health and safety as well as your legal auto accident claim.
- When an accident occurs, you should call the local police so that a formal accident report can be written.
- It will also be important for you to gather information at the crash site including: taking photographs if you have a camera, taking down the other driver’s name, their telephone number and their insurance policy information.
- If there are any witnesses in and around the area that may have seen the accident, take place it is a good idea to get their name and contact information as well. It is important to ask them if they are willing to wait for the police to arrive as sometimes a written statement to an officer will be required to be used in court.
- Of course, if someone has been severely injured you should immediately call an ambulance to attend to the medical needs of those injured. Even if you do not see any outward signs of injury to yourself or a loved one, it is always best to take precautionary measures by seeking medical attention to make sure you have not sustained an internal injury.
While some auto accident injuries are minor and may only include scrapes or bruises, many accidents involve more serious consequences such as head, brain, neck or back injury, and in some cases even death. Due to the severity of accidents involving motor vehicles, it is in your best interest to receive prompt medical attention and to consult with an attorney who can help develop your case so you can receive the maximum compensation.
Dealing with an automobile accident is traumatic and while the time immediately following the accident may be most difficult, it is also the time you should use to hire a lawyer.
By quickly seeking out the legal assistance of an attorney, you have a better chance of gathering and preserving evidence surrounding the accident before too much time passes. In addition, an experienced car accident attorney can help you deal with the other driver’s insurance adjuster and protect you from signing anything not appropriate. When there are so many different people including the other driver, the police officer, any witnesses, and insurance adjusters involved with an auto accident cases, it is best to communicate with your lawyer.
When you employ the services of Seth Bloom to handle your New Orleans auto accident case, your communication will allow for a proper legal claim to be developed in order to maximize your recovery. Whether driver negligence was involved, or there was a defect in the design or manufacture of your vehicle, you may be entitled to a variety of different compensation schemes including vehicle repairs, costs of hospital and medical bills, pain and suffering and so on. In addition to helping you receive the maximum amount of compensation with your case, Seth Bloom can also deal with complicated issues that may arise as a result of detailed insurance policy coverage issues or an insurance company’s subrogation claim. So, when you or a loved one is involved in an automobile accident consult with the law offices of Seth Bloom to handle the legal intricacies of your case and get you the justice you deserve.