It is estimated that approximately 3,700 people in the U.S. lose their lives due to a car accident every day. This does not even account for the thousands of injuries that occur.
If you are involved in a car accident, it can be a scary and frustrating time. While this is true, it is still important to take the right steps to protect your right to collect damages from the at-fault party.
1. Do not Leave the Scene of the Accident
Even after a minor accident, it is important to remain at the scene. You will likely be considered at fault if you leave, even if the accident was caused by someone else.
While at the scene, you can preserve the evidence too, take photos, and talk to witnesses.
2. See if Anyone Is Hurt
After stopping, you need to find out if anyone is hurt. This includes other people in your vehicle and the other vehicle involved in the accident.
3. Notify the Police
Call the police and ensure that the paramedics check out anyone with an injury. If you are not sure if you are injured, be sure to get checked out to be safe.
4. Gather Important Information
Use your phone to take pictures of the scene and write down witness information (name and phone number). It is also a good idea to get the insurance information and driver’s license number of anyone involved in the accident.
5. Document the Scene
Make sure you record as much about the accident as you can. Your smartphone is the perfect tool for this task.
Some of the information to record includes the impact to each vehicle involved, road conditions, signage nearby, and anything else that may be needed if your case goes to court.
6. Avoid Extended Discussions at the Scene about Responsibility
It is best to get the information you need from the other party and stop the conversation at that point. Anything you say, even a simple “I’m sorry,” can be used as an admission of fault. By limiting your conversation, you are also limiting the possibility of being blamed for the accident.
7. Call a Tow Truck
Depending on the damage your vehicle sustained, it may need to be towed to an auto body shop. At this point, call for this service if needed.
8. Contact Your Insurance Company
Even though it may be tempting to settle the issues right there and accept cash for the damages, you may be considered liable for damages down the road if you do not let your insurance company know what happened.
9. Be Proactive
Staying calm after a car accident is easier if you are prepared. Keep the tips here in mind and have your insurance card with you to know who to contact if an accident occurs.
As you can see, there are several things you should do after being involved in a car accident. If the situation was not your fault, it is also smart to contact aTexas car accident attorney. The accident lawyers at The Burkett Law Firm are here to help call us today at 361-882-8822 for a free consultation.