Stay Calm — And Other Tips

A motor vehicle collision — even one at low speeds — can result in life-altering injuries. With more than 80 years of collective personal injury experience, our attorneys are dedicated to helping you recover the maximum compensation possible in your situation.

At Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC, we are prepared to guide clients through the legal process following an auto wreck. From our office in Lake Charles, we hope to help injured people immediately after an accident. Here are some tips.

  • Stay calm: This might be the most overlooked aspect of a car crash. You might be injured, in shock or struggling through an overload of adrenaline, but it's crucial that you remain calm and stay in control throughout the aftermath of the incident. By staying calm, you'll have a better chance to successfully navigate the rest of our list.
  • Report the accident: Call the police. Even if you feel that it's a minor crash, the police will file a report that will make it easier to deal with the insurance companies and medical professionals in the future.
  • Call your insurance carrier: As soon as possible, it is wise to alert your insurance carrier as to what happened. They will ask numerous questions and you should remain calm throughout. Answer without editorializing — that is to say you should answer in an honest, truthful manner, just remembering to give facts rather than conjecture.
  • Document everything: Take pictures, make notes, trade information with the other drivers, seek any witnesses — anything you can do to build your case can only help. Make notes regarding the condition of the road, weather conditions and time of day. In the days, weeks and months upcoming, it might be harder to remember small details. If you have a page of notes, it might be easier to recall them.
  • Seek medical attention: Your insurance provider will likely recommend that you see a doctor and you can verify that this will be covered by the carrier. Even if you don't at once feel injured, some symptoms can take hours or days to manifest. Discuss your case with a medical professional and let them perform as many diagnostic tests they feel are necessary.
  • Protect your rights: A critical step. By contacting an experienced personal injury attorney, you can ensure that your rights are protected. By negotiating a settlement with the at-fault driver's insurance carrier to representing you in court, our firm will protect you every step of the way.

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To discuss your case with an experienced Louisiana lawyer, call 337-310-1600, toll free 337-513-4436 or contact our law firm online. The initial consultation is free. If we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay attorney's fees only if we are successful in getting compensation for you.