Steps To Take After An Accident
Automobile accidents are not something we expect to be involved in when setting out to drive somewhere. And when they happen, they happen fast, which is why the minutes, hours, and days after a car accident can be so uncertain and disorienting. You may be hurt and need medical treatment, and your vehicle may be heavily damaged or completely totaled. You may not know what to do at the scene of an accident and in the days after.
The following information will help you understand the steps to take if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an auto accident. There are important actions you must take to ensure you comply with Texas state law. And depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may be eligible for compensation from the other driver and his or her insurance company. However, what you do after your car accident can make a big difference in the amount of your potential settlement.
Immediately after a car accident:
- Stay at the scene. If you leave an accident, your license can be suspended or revoked. Stay at the scene, but get out of harm’s way from oncoming traffic. If your vehicle is safe to move, get it out of the way of traffic.
- Dial 911. Call emergency responders to report injuries and get medical assistance to the scene. Call police when there are any injuries, when vehicle damage appears extensive, or when another driver doesn’t have insurance, appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or tries to leave the accident scene.
- Exchange information. According to Texas law, information that should be exchanged between drivers involved in crashes includes names, addresses and contact information, car registrations, insurance information, and drivers’ licenses.
- Seek medical attention. Visit your doctor even if you don’t feel like you were seriously hurt. Internal injuries aren’t always immediately evident. Even less severe injuries may take time to show symptoms or may cause future health problems. That’s why it’s very important to see a doctor after a crash. Also, if you decide to file a claim against another driver, your treatment report will be valuable evidence for your case.
- Get a copy of the police report. If there was an officer at the scene of the accident, request a copy of his or her police or accident report for your records. This report can be used to prove the other driver’s negligence and help you receive compensation for your injuries or property damage.
- Keep copies of bills. Save copies of bills for possible ambulance services you used because of the accident, medical treatment expenses, towing expenses for your vehicle, repair bills for damage to your vehicle or other property, and any other crash-related paperwork.
- Don’t accept any settlement offers. Report your accident to your insurance company as soon as possible, but don’t accept a settlement from an insurance adjuster. You are not required to accept a settlement, and it’s important that you don’t until you have determined whether you wish to file a claim for damages. If you do accept an insurance settlement, you could forfeit your rights to file a claim for compensation.
- Contact an attorney. An experienced accident attorney can review the details of your accident and determine whether your case merits a damage award from the other driver or drivers. Texas has a modified comparative negligence law, which means that you can recover damages even if you were up to 50% responsible for the car accident. Damages may include payment for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost or reduced wages, vehicle repair costs, and more.
Remember, taking these important steps can help your lawyer build the strongest claim possible for you. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law it’s our goal to give you the representation you need to move forward with your life.
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If you’re unsure of whether you should file a claim for compensation after your car accident, contact our experienced attorneys today. It’s our job to help innocent victims like you get the money they deserve for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Don’t let someone else’s negligence cost you—just dial 1 (800) 444-5000 or fill out a free consultation form.