Do You Know What To Do After A Car Accident?

Being involved in a crash is scary and confusing. The scene might be chaotic, especially if there are injuries or if traffic is busy. Knowing how to respond ahead of time is the best way to ensure that you’ll stay safe immediately after an accident and keep your legal options open. Perez Collazo Law Firm can help you figure out what to do after a car crash.

Our legal practice focuses on helping motor vehicle accident victims recover money for their injuries, vehicle damage, medical expenses, time away from work and other losses. For more than a decade, we have been a trusted resource for the Hispanic community in the area, and we work tirelessly to help our clients seek the compensation they need to pay their bills, fix their property, and get back to living their lives.

Safety Always Comes First

Is anyone injured: Right after the crash, check to make sure that you and your passengers are not critically hurt. Check carefully, because adrenaline might be masking some pain and making you feel fine even if you are hurt. Next, cautiously exit your vehicle (if you can) and check on the occupants of the other car.

Get out of harm’s way: As soon as you can, please try to get everyone over to the side of the road or otherwise out of the way of oncoming traffic. This is especially critical at night when other drivers have a hard time seeing you.

Call the police: You need to contact the police after a car accident, even if no one was hurt. This creates an official record that will be needed later for insurance and for other legal reasons. It also helps the situation from escalating (such as getting into a dispute with the other driver on the scene). Cooperate with the police and try to recall as much detail as you can.

Gather Your Own Evidence

Before leaving the scene of the accident, you should:

  • Take pictures of vehicle damage, the other driver’s license plate, and anything else from the scene (such as tire marks on the road)
  • Exchange names and insurance information with the other driver
  • Talk to any witnesses, gather their names and contact information

Once you leave the scene, seek medical attention if you know or even suspect that you need it. Not only is this the right thing to do for your health; it also creates a medical record which may be important later on.

Thankfully, in Texas, you can still recover damages if you were less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. This is known as “proportionate responsibility.” If the other driver is more than 50 percent responsible for the accident, he or she will be asked to pay the full costs of the jury award minus whatever portion you are deemed responsible for. If the jury decides you were 30 percent at fault, for instance, you could recover 70 percent of the full award.

Contact Your Insurance Company And A Lawyer

You are required (by your auto insurance policy) to contact your insurer and report the accident fairly soon after it occurs. But when you talk to your insurance company, do not give any more detail than necessary until you’ve had a chance to talk to an attorney. Report that the accident occurred and what the outcomes were. Avoid giving a statement about who may have been at fault or what your role in the crash was. Remember: Your insurance company doesn’t want to pay a penny more than it has to in order to cover a claim. Saying too much now could limit your recovery options later on.

Finally, contact our firm to learn about your legal rights and options by speaking to one of our experienced and compassionate attorneys. We’ll help you through the next steps in the process and ensure that you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit, if you so choose.

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Finally, contact our firm to learn about your legal rights and options by speaking to one of our experienced and compassionate attorneys. We’ll help you through the next steps in the process and ensure that you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit, if you so choose.