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If you fail to stop, you can be subjected to one or more criminal offenses under Louisiana law.
CHECK TO SEE IF ANYONE IS HURT
Call the police and an ambulance, if necessary, and if you are able, offer assistance.
DOCUMENT THE ACCIDENT
You need to obtain the other driver’s name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, insurance carrier, policy number, insurance agent, and phone number for the agent. You will be expected to provide this same information.
PHOTOGRAPH THE ACCIDENT SCENE
Take pictures of the cars, the street in both directions from the accident, any skid marks, stop signs or other traffic signs or signals.
ONLY SIGN THE CITATION IF ISSUED A TICKET
In Louisiana, your signature is not an admission of guilt, but merely an acknowledgement that you received the ticket.
NOTIFY YOUR INSURANCE CARRIER
Under most insurance policies, you are required to report the accident and cooperate with your insurance company.
For other types of accidents, you should collect and record as much detailed information as is reasonable under the circumstances. The person making a claim for damages has the burden to prove the circumstances supporting a conclusion that someone is at fault. Critical evidence can disappear shortly after an accident, resulting in the loss of the right to fully recover.
If you have any questions about your specific legal situation please contact our firm today to see how our experienced car accident attorneys can help.