It’s difficult to keep a clear mind after a car accident. In addition to your injuries, you may have concerns about protecting your legal rights in New Orleans.

Although there’s a lot to think about, slowing down and taking things one step at a time will put you in the right position.

Here are five things to do after a car accident:

  • Call 911: This provides the opportunity to report the accident, as the dispatcher will send police to the scene. The responding officer will create a report, which you can use at a later date when seeking compensation.
  • Obtain medical treatment: This is another reason to call 911. The dispatcher can also send an ambulance to the scene, allowing you to receive care from paramedics upon arrival. Also, the ambulance can transport you to a local hospital for care.
  • Gather relevant information: This includes but is not limited to insurance information of the other driver, photos of the accident scene and your injuries, and a copy of the police report.
  • Talk to an attorney: You don’t want to delay the process of filing an insurance claim, but you also shouldn’t rush the process. By first consulting with an attorney, you’ll better understand your legal rights and the next steps to take.
  • Follow the treatment plan suggested by your medical team: Many people opt to stop medical treatment prematurely. This can impact your ability to make a full recovery. It also is to your detriment should you make a personal injury claim.

Since a car accident has the potential to cloud your judgment, it’s critical to know exactly what to do if you find yourself in this position. When you take the right steps at the right time, it allows you to confidently proceed with treatment and obtain the compensation you deserve.

Even though the steps above are important, remember this: No two motor vehicle accidents are identical. The steps you take after a crash may not suit the next person.

The best thing you can do is focus on your health and well-being first, and then turn your attention to protecting your legal rights and seeking compensation for your injuries and related damages.

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