According to annual research conducted by Louisiana State University, there were approximately 48,847 car crashes reported in Louisiana in the year 2015 alone. No matter how perfect your driving record or how safe of a driver you are, it’s highly likely that you’ll be involved in some kind of crash at some point. The simple fact that you can’t control the actions of other drivers on the road almost guarantees it. Thankfully, not all crashes result in the need for a personal injury lawyer in Baton Rouge. In fact, the majority of these auto accidents are “fender benders” in which the only damage is to one or more vehicles. These are known as property damage claims and it’s important not to make some of these common mistakes when working through them.
Not Calling The Police
Many accidents can quickly dissolve into he-said, she-said situations with all parties claiming that another driver was at fault. Calling the authorities so that they can come out, record an official police report, and potentially issue one or more tickets is extremely important to your future property claim.
Not Collecting Contact Information
Although contact information will be recorded in the police report, you may not be able to access the report without paying a fee, and it may have to be issued through the mail. Gathering this information from other involved parties for yourself can speed up your claim.
No matter what happened leading up to, during, or after the accident, never verbally admit fault. You should make no admission of guilt to other drivers or the police officer that responds to the scene. Doing so could ruin your chances to recoup damages in a future insurance claim.
Not Taking Photographs
If you’re physically able to do so, take photographs of damage to your property and the property of others involved. This should be done before the vehicles or property are moved in any way. Property includes your vehicle as well as personal items that may have been negatively affected by the incident.
If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, it’s important to know your legal rights. Contact Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers for a free case evaluation at any time.