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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Top 6 Things to Do Following an Automobile Accident

You’ve been involved in a car accident. You’re in shock and possibly hurt, and so is the driver of the other vehicle. Your car is damaged and you’re not sure what to do next. This is a confusing, yet critical time and one misstep could keep you from getting the compensation you would otherwise be entitled to. We’ve compiled these automobile accident best practices to ensure you get the maximum compensation for any injuries you’ve sustained.

If you have been in an automobile accident, having a Texas automobile accident lawyer on your side can increase your chances of maximum compensation.

  1. Stop at the Scene to Help Anyone Who Is Injured

    Texas law requires drivers involved in an accident likely to have caused serious injury to a driver, passenger or pedestrian to stop at the scene and give assistance to anyone who is hurt. If you are fine, check your passengers. If they may need help, arrange for an ambulance or other vehicle to rush them to hospital. Check the driver of the other vehicle. If he/she requires medical attention, call an ambulance. The wellbeing of all persons involved in the accident should be the top priority. 
  2. Call the Police 

    It is always recommended that you call the police. In any case the police report will be crucial when filing your claim for insurance recovery. Call 911. The person on the other end of the line will ask you for details about where the accident occurred. Be as specific as possible. 
  3. Gather Information 

    Before the police arrive, talk to the driver of the other vehicle. Get their name, contact information, vehicle registration number, insurer and insurance policy number. You can also ask for them for their driver’s license. 

    Afterward, talk to witnesses at the scene. Take a statement if you can and get their contact information. The last thing you want is to have to look for witnesses to testify in your favor and you do not have their contact information. 

    It is important that you do not admit liability to anyone during your interactions, even if you think you are wholly at fault or partly at fault. Do not admit liability to the other driver, the witnesses or even the police. 
  4. Take Notes and Pictures

    Note the condition of the road and the weather. Get the make and model of the other driver’s car and its’ roadworthiness. Record any signs of damage that appear to have been caused by the accident and those that appear to have been there even before the accident. 
    Take pictures of the scene. You can use your phone’s camera to do this. Take pictures of your car and that of the other driver. If any nearby property was damaged, take pictures of that as well. 

    When the police arrive, respond to their questions accurately, without admitting liability. 
  5. Get Medical Attention 

    Even if you think you are alright, you may have suffered internal injuries that will manifest later. You may have to prove you were injured in the accident and the only way to do this is with the doctor’s report written after a checkup done immediately after the accident. Go to the hospital and let a physician check examine you. If you have sustained any injuries, start keeping a medical journal or file and keep all medical receipts. 

  6. Call Your Insurer and Report the Accident

    Failing to do this can jeopardize your claim for compensation. 

Talk to a Texas car accident attorney before calling your insurer, even if you were not at fault. Insurers have a knack for underpaying claims, regardless of who was at fault. Contact the auto accident attorneys at Sawicki Law Firm to ensure you are fully compensated for your injuries.

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