What You Should Know After A Car Accident

No one ever expects to have a car accident, and the scene of a crash can be chaotic and confused. Nonetheless, hundreds of accidents occur every day in Texas, so the more you know, the better prepared you will be should you ever be involved in a collision.

What To Know After A Car Accident?

I'm attorney Emilio Flores and at my personal injury law firm, the Law Office of Emilio Flores, P.C., I answer questions and help people deal with insurance companies and lawsuits after they have been in a motor vehicle crash. I have put together a few reminders that you should know should you ever be involved in a collision.

Never Leave The Scene Of An Accident

In Texas, as with most states, you have a duty to stop after an accident. Failure to do so is a criminal offense, and depending on the severity of the accident could be either a misdemeanor or felony.

Notify The Police

This is important, as it allows a police report to be created. This may also be a requirement of your insurance.

Take Pictures And Document The Scene

Documenting the crash, if possible, by using your cellphone is extremely valuable. Take as many photos as possible from many different angles, to ensure that a complete picture of the accident scene is available, should litigation become necessary. This includes the vehicles, any damage they suffered, the condition of the road and other relevant elements, such as trees, shrubs, signs or buildings that contributed to the crash.

Exchange Information With Other Drivers

Obtain the names, phone numbers, addresses and insurance policy information of all parties involved in the crash. Along with the photos and the police report, this ensures that you have contact information in order to file a claim and identify potentially responsible parties for the accident.

Obtain Witnesses If Possible

If there are any bystanders or other witnesses, obtain their contact information. Eyewitness testimony can be helpful to fill out the picture of what occurred in the crash.

Report Accident To Your Insurance Company

This is very important, because insurance policies typically contain cooperation clauses that require the insured to cooperate and communicate information in the event of a claim. However never accept responsibility for the crash, and do not provide a recorded statement to the insurance company before you have spoken with me.

While the insurer is supposed to protect your rights, they are always looking for grounds to deny claims. You could make a mistake or become confused when explaining the accident and inadvertently damage your claim. I can explain the relevant law and discuss the facts to make sure you can describe the crash in a precise and correct manner

And of course, obtain medical care. If you are seriously injured, you will need to hope that someone with you were able to secure as much of the information as possible.

Contact Me Today!

If you have been injured anywhere in Texas in a motor vehicle accident and have questions, as an experienced personal injury lawyer, I can help. Give me a call at my Cedar Park office at 512-714-4444 or use my online form to tell me about your situation and make an appointment.