Whether you are driving a car, truck, SUV, or 18-wheeler, the moment you step into your vehicle and drive onto the road, you are responsible for not only your life, but you are also accepting responsibility for the safety of every life you encounter on the road. Each day, thousands of people are severely injured or killed in a catastrophic car accident due to the fault of a reckless driver. Recklessness can be defined by more than just driving while under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). A car accident can occur simply by a driver taking their eyes off the road to respond to a text message or falling asleep at the wheel. In Louisiana alone, the Department of Transportation Highway Statistics Report for 2012 reported 33,561 fatal car accidents.
Today, texting while driving is one of the most common, most dangerous distracted driving behaviors that lead to serious car accidents. On average, a driver’s eyes leave the road for 4.6 seconds, which increases the risk of a car accident by 23 percent. At McGinity Law Firm, we understand the importance of family, so please inform your young drivers of the importance of not texting while driving.
The personal injury resulting from a car accident can be a serious matter. You may have suffered head injuries, paralysis from damage to your spinal cord, nerve damage, or broken/dislocated limbs.
At McGinity Law Firm, Douglas McGinity, the premier Covington accident lawyer, has been representing victims of car accidents for the past 15 years. He is committed to making sure you receive max compensation for your injuries and will fight on behalf of your legal rights. Stop by our Covington, LA office or call 504-581-2222 and set up a free consultation.
Here are some important tips to be aware of if you are involved in a serious car accident:
Immediately call 911
The simple action can mean life or death for someone involved in a car accident with an 18-wheeler or large vehicle. Alerting the proper authorities is also essential for a proper evaluation of the scene and the condition of the vehicle and individuals if trapped in the vehicle.
Collect any information and evidence if possible
If the parties involved in the collision are able to remain on the scene, it’s important to collect all contact information from all drivers and witnesses. This information includes car insurance information, driver’s license name and number, and expiration dates for both documents. If the accident involved a company vehicle or an 18-wheeler, you should also collect the commercial trucking company name, phone number, and specific vehicle ID for reference.