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Things a Lafayette resident should do after a car accident

As far as Louisiana car accidents go, they can range anywhere from serious to mild. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the driver and any passengers involved in a car accident may have the ability to get more information about the accident, other parties involved in the accident or bystanders who witnessed the accident. This information could be beneficial later on if an injured party decides to seek reparation from a negligent driver. If you are involved in a car accident, here are a few things you should do.

It is important to stay at the scene of an accident immediately following the accident. Complications could arise if an injured party leaves the scene of an accident and there are injuries or authorities to deal with. If you and your passengers are not in need of immediate medical attention, it is best to contact the authorities and exchange insurance information with the other vehicle(s). Talk to witnesses if they saw the accident happen, and make note if their testimony may be worthy to you at a later date.

If you have been injured in an accident and received medical treatment, it is advised to keep track of the treatment you received, your ailments and any rehabilitation plans your doctor may advise after the accident. This information is important if you or a family member decides to seek restitution for injuries they sustained due to a negligent driver. If your property was damaged, such as your vehicle, make note of any costs associated with having it repaired. All of these monetary costs can be calculated and measured along with pain and suffering, if you decide to seek compensation.

Lafayette residents are well aware that a car accident could happen to them. For this reason, it is best to prepare for that moment, just in case. Preparation can pay off at the moment of catastrophe if you are able to stay cool, calm and collected as possible at the scene of an accident. For those who are injured in a car accident, compensation can make a huge difference in bills associated with those costs.

Source:, "After and Accident: First Steps," accessed on Sept. 28, 2015

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