Although most people are cautious drivers, car accidents do happen. When they do, it is important to have counsel on your side. If you are in an accident, whether it be here in New Orleans, or anywhere else, try to remain calm and follow these simple guidelines:
- Don’t panic and remain at the scene. Fleeing the scene is not only illegal, it also indicates a ‘guilty mind.’
- Don’t admit fault. Even if the circumstances seem clear to you, there may be other factors that contributed to the accident, like signs, road defects, or even the inattention of the other driver.
- Find a safe location and exchange driver information.
- Call your insurance company and your lawyer right away! Be careful not to speak to either your insurance company or your lawyer while standing in front of someone else, including passengers in your car.
Even in clear-cut car accident cases, insurance companies will raise technical defenses to your claim – underscoring the need to consult an attorney right away. We are experienced in this area of the law and recognize insurance company tactics designed to deny their responsibility for injuries.
In addition, it is important to carefully scrutinize your automobile insurance policy. Many injured victims in car wrecks are not aware that they may be able to recover insurance proceeds even where the negligent driver has no insurance or is underinsured. Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist coverage, or ‘U.M. coverage,’ if attached to the victim’s insurance policy, may provide coverage.
Don’t sit on your rights – legal time limits are running against you. Call us today to get a free consultation!