Prepare for the Worst, Hope for the Best: Driving During the Holiday Season

Christmas Car Crash

No one wants to get into an accident during the holiday season, but unfortunately, it happens. You left the family party later than expected and you’re driving 2 hours on a wet road in the dark when BANG!

You can’t prevent a car collision, but you can reduce your stress if it does happen by being prepared. Now is a good time to check your insurance policies, including policy limits and extras. You should also make sure you are up to date on your vehicle’s maintenance, plan a route, check weather reports, and don’t drive drunk, tired, or distracted.

Additionally, before you leave for holiday outings, be sure to have the following in your wallet or car:

  1. Driver’s license
  2. Car registration
  3. Insurance card
  4. Cell phone
  5. Car charger for cell phone
  6. Cash

If you are involved in an accident, you should:

  1. Call 911 for emergency medical services if there are injuries
  2. Call the police so that the accident can be officially reported
  3. Collect the contact information and insurance information of everyone involved in the accident
  4. Collect the contact information of any witnesses
  5. Take photos and collect license plate information for all vehicles involved in the accident
  6. Take additional photos of the scene of the accident, any property damage, and any other pertinent information

Be sure that the police officer gets everyone’s information, and be sure that you get the following information from the other driver:

  1. Confirm if they are the owner of the car
  2. Name (look at their driver’s license)
  3. Address
  4. Phone Number and Email
  5. Insurance Company and Policy Number (GET BOTH!)
  6. License Plate number of the car

Finally, after an auto accident, you should reach out to a seasoned Baton Rouge car accident lawyer like ours at The Scott Law Firm, LCC. Even if you don't end up going to court, your attorney can help with a wide range of needs after an accident, including negotiating with insurance companies and medical care providers.