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Steps to Take After a Motor Vehicle Accident: Your Comprehensive Guide

Knowing what to do immediately after a motor vehicle accident in Texas can help you get the immediate medical treatment you need to recover fully and the legal help you need to seek maximum compensation from the at-fault driver liable for your crash.

Motor Vehicle Accident

What Should I Do After a Car Accident in Texas?

Experiencing a motor vehicle accident can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. Knowing the steps after a collision is crucial for your well-being and properly handling the situation.

Here is a comprehensive guide on what to do after a Texas motor vehicle accident:

  • Ensure Everyone’s Safety

First, check yourself and others for injuries. If anyone is injured, call emergency services immediately. If possible, move vehicles to the side of the road to avoid obstructing traffic. Turn on hazard lights and use cones or flares if available.

  • Call the Police

Our attorneys advise anyone involved in an accident to call 911, even for minor collisions. Never let the other driver talk you out of calling the police by freely offering their information or accepting fault. Responding law enforcement will create an official report, which is essential for insurance claims. Without it, the other driver can deny the crash ever happened later, and it will become your word against theirs, which usually does not hold up during an insurance claim.

  • Exchange Information

While you wait for law enforcement to arrive, obtain the following information from all parties involved:

  • Names and contact information.
  • Insurance details, including the company and policy number.
  • Vehicle information, including the make, model, year, and license plate number.
  • Driver’s license information.

If there are witnesses, obtain their names and contact information. Their statements may be valuable later.

  • Do Not Admit Fault

While it is natural to say things like, “I’m sorry!” or “I didn’t see you!” Don’t. Do not admit fault or apologize, even if you think you may be partially responsible. Fault determination is a complex process and should not be determined by someone in shock after an accident.

  • Document the Scene

Use your phone or camera to take pictures and videos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, license plates, and any relevant road signs or signals. Document the weather, road conditions, and other factors contributing to the accident.

  • Seek Medical Attention

If there are injuries, request an ambulance. Even if injuries seem minor, and you do not believe you need EMS, seeking medical attention immediately is crucial. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent and should be assessed by medical professionals immediately to avoid delayed diagnosis that can lead to substantial injury.

Follow all your physician’s treatment plans and attend all follow-up appointments.

  • Keep Records

Maintain a file with all accident-related documents, including police reports, medical records, repair estimates, and how the accident and injuries have impacted your daily activities and overall quality of life.

  • Consult a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have sustained injuries, consult an experienced car accident attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and options to pursue a claim and help you navigate the legal process.

  • Avoid Talking to Anyone Else About Your Claim

Limit discussions about the accident with others, especially on social media. Statements made publicly can impact insurance claims. Your attorney can help you understand when it is okay to speak to the insurance companies — yours and the liable party’s — and what to say so you do not negatively affect your claim before it begins.

Contact our Personal Injury Attorney at Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys

Call our skilled personal injury attorney Austin at (512) 883-0277 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation. We pursue dedicated, driven results for our clients, and there is never a charge to talk to an attorney. We stand ready to help you.

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