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By Jarome Gautreaux

A car accident is stressful at any time, but being in a car accident while social distancing adds a whole other level of concern. Our roads are less congested right now, and most people are sheltering at home, but we still must venture out for essential items, such as food, prescriptions, etc. Although traffic has decreased, there is still the potential of being in a car accident, and it’s best to be prepared should it happen to you.

Treatment for Injuries

If you’re involved in a major accident and someone needs emergency assistance call 9-1-1. Paramedics and EMTs are still working hard to assist anyone who needs emergency medical care.

If your injuries aren’t immediate and you can wait to seek medical treatment, then call your doctor to see how you should proceed. They may be able to see you in their office or direct you where to go for treatment. If possible, get safe treatment as quickly as possible after your accident. Otherwise, insurance companies may try to reduce the amount they’ll pay or deny your claim altogether on the grounds that you must not have been badly injured.

Should I Call the Police?

Yes, like EMTs, law enforcement is still hard at work making sure our community is safe. If the police do not come to the scene, you can still file a report at the police department. Be sure to call ahead, since some departments may not be open to the public during this time.

Exchange Information

Anytime you are in an auto accident it is important that drivers exchange information. This still needs to be done, just do so at a safe distance. The CDC recommends that people maintain a distance of at least 6-feet apart.

  • Do not physically hand any documents to the other driver. Instead, verbally provide your information at a safe distance and have the other driver write down what you say, or
  • Take a picture of your information and text it to the other driver’s phone
  • Make sure to exchange names of everyone involved in the crash, get the driver’s license number, phone numbers, insurance information and the name and address of the registered vehicle owner, if different than the driver.

Gather Evidence at the Accident Scene

As with any auto accident, it is important to take pictures of any damage to all vehicles involved, as well as pictures of your surroundings (i.e., skid marks, vehicle debris on the road, traffic signs or any other relevant information).

If there are witnesses, ask them to text their information to your phone so that you can contact them for a statement.

If your car needs to be towed, then try to arrange for other transportation that will allow you to maintain a safe social distance (i.e., call a family member to come get you). When you must ride with the tow truck driver then use a face covering for extra safety.

Call our Car Accident Lawyer–We Can Help You Now

There are time limits for car accidents, so don’t wait to call. Gautreaux Law has been getting financial recoveries for accident victims for over twenty years right here in Middle Georgia. Even during this time of social distancing, we can get started on your case right away. We can meet with you virtually and have you e-sign all the necessary documents. You never have to leave the safety of your home. Contact us online or call us at 478-238-9758 or 888-876-6935.

About the Author
Jarome Gautreaux is a personal injury trial lawyer. He represents people who have been seriously injured, as well as the families of people killed because of carelessness or negligence. For over 20 years, he has successfully recovered more than 100 million dollars in a variety of Macon personal injury cases. Jarome’s reputation for client focus and case success has led to other lawyers requesting his assistance with complex personal injury litigation. What drives Jarome every day is his strong belief that the amount of money someone has should not dictate the justice they receive. It is for this reason that he has never worked for corporations, insurance companies, or other interest groups. Instead, he thrives on helping the people who need it most- people who have suffered at the hands of others and deserve compensation.