Louisiana law requires drivers to report traffic accidents that result in injuries or damage of $100 or more. In almost all cases, a traffic accident will result in damage of $100 or more. Therefore, it is best to err on the side of caution and report all traffic accidents to the police. The easiest way to report an accident is to call 911 from the scene of the crash. The operator will ask for your location to dispatch officers with jurisdiction over the area to the crash scene. You can also request emergency medical services when you call 911.
Remember, leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime. Hit and run drivers can be prosecuted under the traffic laws in addition to being held liable for any damages resulting from the crash. It is always best to remain at the accident scene until police arrive. The officer will advise you when you are permitted to leave the scene.
Were You Injured in the Car Accident?
In some cases, you may not be aware at the accident scene that you suffered injuries in the Collison. Some injuries may have delayed symptoms, including concussions, back injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and neck injuries. It is always best to be checked by a physician after you are involved in any traffic accident, regardless of the severity of the collision. Mild cases of whiplash, TBI, and back pain can result in medical bills and lost wages. If you delay medical treatment, you could put your health at risk, but you could also jeopardize your ability to recover full compensation for your injuries.
A delay in medical treatment can be used by the insurance company for the other driver to argue that your injuries were not sustained in the accident. He may argue that you were injured after the accident occurred and now you are filing a false claim. At the very least, a delay in treatment may give the adjuster an argument that your injuries are not as severe as you claim or you would have sought medical treatment much earlier than now. A delay in treatment can complicate the claim process. Instead of giving the insurance company a reason to question your claim, it is best to see a doctor right after the accident. After that, if you have delayed symptoms, your return to the doctor is easily explained by your doctor.
Never Ignore Symptoms After Any Accident
Sometimes a headache is just a headache, and sometimes a headache is an indication of a serious medical condition. You should never ignore any symptoms after an accident. Symptoms are your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. See a doctor immediately to decrease your risk of developing a more serious or life-threatening condition.
Discuss Your Case with a New Orleans Car Accident Attorney for Free
Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm offers free legal consultations for accident victims and their families. Just as it is important to see a doctor after an accident, it is important to consult with an attorney to learn about your legal rights and your options regarding an accident claim.
Call our law firm at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free consultation with a New Orleans accident attorney.