One minute, you are just driving along, perhaps listening to your favorite radio station or thinking about your dinner plans. The next minute, there is a terrible crash, and your life changes. A serious car accident might mean significant time away from work or even job loss. You may even suffer long-term pain and mobility issues. Meanwhile, your bills pile up.
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What to Do After a Car Accident
When you are seriously injured in a car accident, other people are likely making medical decisions for you. If conscious and not severely injured, call 911 immediately.
It would help if you documented as much of the accident scene as possible, including taking photos and videos. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses. If a witness tries to leave without providing information, either photograph or write down the vehicle’s license plate number. Write down the time of the accident, the weather and road conditions.
Never admit fault. Do not lie to law enforcement, but do not volunteer any information to the police or other individuals involved in the accident.
Go to the Doctor
After a car accident, go to the doctor as soon as possible, even if you do not think you were injured. Many car accident injuries do not show up immediately. That includes whiplash, a common car accident injury, which may not appear for 24 hours or more after a collision. Failure to seek prompt medical attention could cause an insurance company to allege your injuries did not result from the car crash.
Car Accident Liability
Sometimes, liability, or fault, for a car accident is cut-and-dry. One driver was drunk or ran a red light or failed to stop at a stop sign. Often, liability is not that clear cut, and the fault for the accident goes beyond the driver.
For example, if a road is in poor condition, it is possible that neither driver was really at fault. Liability might lie with the parish or city that failed to close or repair a hazardous roadway.
Statute of Limitations
Under Louisiana statute CC 3492, a person injured in a motor vehicle accident has one year from the accident date to file a lawsuit. That is less time than found in many other states, and why it is important to consult a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. When a person has been seriously injured in a car wreck and is undergoing recuperation and rehabilitation, a one-year statute of limitations can pass very quickly. If a lawsuit is not filed within this timeframe, the claim cannot go forward.
Car Accident Damages
Compensation for car accident injuries, known as damages, include:
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