What You Should Do After A Car Accident
Getting in a car accident is frightening and frazzling. It’s easy to feel disoriented and confused on what to do next after that initial hit. With the most common types of accidents including front impact collisions, rear-end collisions, and sideswipe crashes, you can guarantee there will be another party involved that you will have to navigate the scene with. Keep reading for the steps Ryan Solis wants you to take if you are involved in a general accident.
Determine if Anyone is Injured
The highest priority after a crash is properly attending to any injuries. If you are injured, or able to determine if the other party is injured, call 9-1-1 for immediate medical attention.
Get Yourself and Your Vehicle Away from Danger
Both drivers and vehicles involved will be at risk of more danger if not relocated to a safe area apart from where the crash occurred, assuming it occurred around other moving vehicles. Quickly communicate with the other driver to move your vehicles to a safe space nearby if possible to avoid causing another accident.
Inform Police Immediately
Texas law requires collisions to be reported if they involve injury, death, or property damage to a vehicle that renders it impossible to drive. Even if you don’t feel injured and your vehicle is drivable, you need a police officer to create an accident report. Make sure to get a copy of the accident report from the officer, along with their name and badge number for your records.
Collect Important Details
Take pictures of the other party’s driver license and insurance card. You’ll need the policy number and phone number needed to contact their insurance in case they don’t report the accident on their end. Take pictures of the damages on both cars. Make sure to record the make, model, plate number, and color of the vehicle. Take notes to document important details describing what happened on scene so you don’t forget later.
Do Not Admit or Accept Fault
In the heat of the moment, you might feel the need to admit fault, especially if the other party is persistent. However, a proper investigation is needed with all parties interviewed to assess who is at fault. Make sure to get the names and contact information of any witnesses available who saw the collision take place.
Monitor Your Medical Needs
If you are seeking medical treatment due to physical damage suffered, record the place of treatment, name of doctor, procedure(s), receipts, etc. Even without physical damage, you may suffer emotionally. Keep a journal to record your thoughts and activities to help you assess your mental health after the accident.
Ryan Solis can help you navigate the unfortunate circumstance of a crash. He and his team are equipped to investigate the accident to help you obtain compensation to make up for damages you suffered. Call him today to learn more about filing a personal injury claim!