Outline of an Accident Report
In Compliance with Louisiana State Statutes (revised) Title 32 § 398 Report Your Accident When:
Your accident needs to be reported immediately to local authorities if your accident results in one or more of the following:
- Property damage estimated above $500.00
If your accident results in property damage, injury, or death over $100, you need submit a report in writing to the DPSC (Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections):
- Property damage estimated above $100
Directions for Reporting a Car Accident in Louisiana:
If your car accident included one of the above conditions, you are required to file an accident report with a local authority and send the report to the LADPSC within 24 hours of your incident. At a minimum, your report should include:
- Your name
- Driver’s license or driver’s permit number
- Additional involved drivers
- Applicable insurance information for involved drivers
- Vehicle registration numbers
- Vehicle license plate numbers
- Detailed information regarding the accident; information such as, road conditions and weather, location, time, and date. If an additional influence, such as a wild or domestic animal were involved – those details should be included as well.
Louisiana State laws are subject to change. If you were involved in a car accident in Calcasieu Parish consult with local law enforcement, or a local firm about your obligations in reporting.
Ensuring Your Accident Report Was Received
While most car damage and injury claims can be processed through insurance, additional legal proceedings may be required if the insurance settlement is inadequate. While attorneys prefer to speak with you as soon after an accident as possible, should you find yourself in a situation where the settlement will not cover damages, injuries, or both, reach out to a local car accident lawyer in Lake Charles Louisiana to review your documentation.