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Steps to Take After an Auto Accident

August 24, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

car crashWhen a car crash happens, anybody involved can experience the sudden shock. They may start to panic, wondering if they have been hurt, wondering if their vehicle is totaled, and thinking about what to do next. It is often during this time where people make some of the common mistakes that lead to a claim denial. While legal matters may not be the first thing on your mind after a collision, there are some things you will want to keep in mind at all times so you can protect yourself.

Here are some of the steps you should take immediately following a car crash:

Call 9-1-1

Calling 9-1-1 is essential when the collision is serious. You may need help removing the vehicles from the road safely and making sure you and the other passengers are free from further hazards. By calling the proper authorities, you can also have police create an accident report, which can help with your insurance claim or potential lawsuit. This is because the police report will gather details from both parties involved, as well as any potential witnesses who can attest to the circumstances leading to the crash.

Gather Information

Make sure you speak with the other party, but don’t say anything that could be incriminating, such as “I’m sorry.” You will want to ask for their information, including their name, driver’s license number, contact information, insurance policy number, license plate number, and any other relevant information that may be helpful to your case. You will also want to see if any witnesses saw what happened and are willing to provide their contact information to support your case.

Take Photos

If you are injured and are unable to do this on your own, seek help. However, if you can, take photos of your injuries, the scene of the collision, damage done to the inside of the vehicle (including whether or not the airbag deployed), damage to the outside of the vehicle, and anything else that may have played a role in the crash. This is physical evidence that can help prove your case and show that the other party was at fault. In many situations, the location of the damage done to both vehicles can give an idea regarding how the collision took place, thus showing who was responsible.

Get Medical Treatment

Always take the time to seek medical attention if you believe that you may have been injured. You may be full of adrenaline and the effects of the injury may not begin to show until hours after the crash. Make sure you get the treatment you need right away not only to protect your health, but to also establish documentation of your injury that can help to show that you were in fact injured as a result of the collision. You will have medical records to help prove your story.

Call a Lawyer

To best protect your rights and receive the help you need to seek maximum compensation, you need legal representation who has handled cases like this before and knows how to help you seek the compensation you deserve. This is an important step as you should not even make recorded statements to the insurance company without having legal counsel.

Houston Auto Accident Attorneys

At Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., our team of Houston auto accident lawyers is dedicated to representing injury victims after a car crash. We know how difficult this time can be and we want to make sure you know you have someone on your side you can trust.

Call us today to discuss your potential case.