Did you know that Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for road trips over 50 miles? Last year, the Automobile Associate of America predicted that 49 million Americans would hit the road for the holiday, and this year, we may just be back to full pre-pandemic travel numbers. The increased traffic, coupled with travelers who are antsy to get to their turkey-day destination, means a likely increase in car accidents. If you find yourself in one, try to stay calm and remember these tips on what to do:

  1. Call 911—this will get emergency services and the police on the scene. This is important regardless of how serious you believe the accident is. In the state of Louisiana (and most other states as well), it’s illegal to leave the scene of an accident. A police report is also an important piece of evidence should you need to pursue a personal injury case.
  2. Get medical treatment—many accident victims refuse to go to the hospital because they do not perceive any serious injuries, only to wake up a day or two later with whiplash or something worse like internal bleeding. Not all injuries are visibly apparent. Getting evaluated by a doctor or medical professional also establishes a record of your physical condition immediately after the accident.
  3. Take photos—if you can, take photographs of the accident scene. Include pictures showing the damages to all vehicles, skid marks, signage, weather conditions, and anything else you think is relevant to the accident. Record as many details as you can remember while it’s fresh in your mind.
  4. Don’t say anything unnecessary--answer the police officer’s questions truthfully but without added details. Don’t speak to the other driver other than to ascertain if they need medical care and to exchange insurance and contact info. Saying things like, “I’m sorry,” can be used against you later.
  5. Get contact info of witnesses—emails and phone numbers of anyone else who saw the accident happen may prove valuable for your case.
  6. Call an experienced attorney—our lawyers have helped many people in situations just like yours. They will be able to inform you of your rights and help you develop the best plan to ensure you get the compensation you’re entitled to after an accident.

Mark W. Smith and his team of reputed Attorneys and Non-Attorney Disability Advocates are well-qualified with valuable experience in their field. No matter how complicated your situation might seem, an attorney from our office will examine every aspect and develop a sound plan that addresses your unique legal needs. We are conveniently located in Metairie, LA, thus having good coverage in greater New Orleans and throughout Southeastern LA. Please feel free to call us at 504-224-8388 or contact us via our website to schedule a free initial consultation.