You may consider yourself a safe driver and may never imagine yourself being involved in an accident. However, accidents happen when you least expect them. Distracted drivers, poor weather conditions, and mechanical failures are some of the reasons why car accidents occur.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, seek immediate medical attention. Call the Terry Bryant law firm at 713-973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 for a free consultation. We are available 24/7 to take your call and help answer your questions. Let us help you get the help you deserve.
What should I do after a car accident?
Remain on the scene and immediately call 911. If there’s anyone injured and needs emergency medical attention, ask the dispatcher to send the paramedics. Otherwise, let the dispatcher know that you were involved in an accident and wait for the authorities to arrive.
Even if you think that the accident was a minor one, stay at the scene of the accident until the authorities get there. When the authorities arrive, make sure you tell the investigating officer what happened. Make sure that an accurate police report gets created. If you are asked whether you’re injured, and you’re not sure, tell the investigating officer that you’re not sure instead of saying no.
If you can get out of the car without further injuring yourself, go and exchange information with everyone involved in the collision. Obtain their full name, address, phone number(s), email address, license plate number, Driver’s License number, and insurance information. If you have your phone, take pictures of this information. Do not talk about the car accident with anyone else or argue about who’s at fault. Remain calm! If you cannot get out of the car without getting further injured, stay where you are and wait for the paramedics to assist you.
What else should I do at the scene?
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident.
- Take pictures of the property damage to your vehicle.
- Take pictures of property damage to the vehicles of all others involved in the accident.
- Take pictures of your injuries that are visible.
- If anyone else witnessed the accident, get their name and contact information.
Are there other steps that I need to take to help myself?
Once the paramedics arrive on the scene, get checked out by them. If you have a life-threatening injury, you need to go to the Emergency Room. If you think your injuries are minor or not apparent at all, you should still seek medical treatment shortly after the accident. If your primary care doctor is not available, you may consider going to an Urgent Care clinic. Urgent Care clinics provide great quality care to their patients, and they are generally open 24/7.
After you’ve sought medical attention for your injuries, contact our legal team at the Terry Bryant law firm immediately at 713-973-8888. Don’t wait. Let us fight for you and your family. Let us deal with the insurance companies and help you get the compensation you deserve.
What should I not do after the accident?
Don’t talk to the other driver’s insurance company. If the other driver’s insurance company requests a recorded statement, decline the request, and let them know that an attorney represents you. Refer them to your attorney. Insurance companies will want to fish for information early on to downplay your claim, or worse, outright deny your claim.
When do you need a lawyer for a car accident?
You should hire an attorney immediately after being injured in a car accident. The second the other driver’s insurance company has been notified of the car accident, they will already have begun to figure out how they will devalue your claim. Hiring an attorney will level the playing field. Your attorney will counsel you on what you need to look out for and guide you through the endeavor.
Let an attorney handle the claim for you. Your life may benefit from it as your attorney will take the stress out of the situation by dealing directly with the insurance company. If you have a family to take care of, you can’t be focusing on your claim every second of your life. It will only bring you additional stress. If you have a very demanding job where you cannot take personal calls during the day, leave it to your attorney to make the phone calls with the insurance company adjuster. If you’re a student in school, your focus should be on your classes, assignments, and tests.
When should I hire an attorney for a car accident?
Before you sign anything with the other driver’s insurance company and take a minimal settlement for your injuries and damages, wait! Don’t sign yet! Don’t make the mistake of leaving money on the table.
You should contact an attorney as soon as you following your car accident. If you’re unsure of where you should go to obtain immediate medical treatment, your attorney may provide options to make the best possible decision for yourself.
If you face the insurance companies on your own, you may find yourself at their mercy. Don’t go at it alone; let our attorneys at the Terry Bryant law firm help you!
Is it worth getting a lawyer for a car accident?
Yes! An unrepresented injured victim may lack the training or experience necessary to negotiate with an insurance company adjuster. Unrepresented car crash victims often make other mistakes, e.g. being tricked into saying something during a recorded statement. If your claim does not settle before filing a lawsuit, you will want a lawyer that could front the financial resource to retain good experts to prove the injuries and related damages you sustained due to the accident. Previous case studies have shown that an injured party represented by an attorney will obtain 3-and-a-half times more on their claim than if they would have handled their claim independently.
If you have been recently injured in a car accident, contact our hard-working lawyers to discuss your legal options. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call our Houston law firm at 713-973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.