In its latest traffic crash data from 2021, the Texas Department of Transportation found that there was 1 reportable crash every 57 seconds.
Though the majority of these accidents are minor, it’s crucial to know what to do in the aftermath. What should you focus on after a car accident, and when should you call a lawyer? Here’s what to keep in mind.
Ensure Your Safety
If you or anyone involved in the collision has injuries, call 911 or ask someone else to do so. Even if you aren’t hurt, call your local Houston police. You can use their non-emergency number for minor accidents.
If your vehicle is in the middle of a busy street, consider moving it for your own safety. Leaving your car in traffic can sometimes endanger you or other drivers.
While you wait for the police to arrive, start collecting information about the accident. These details can either help you file a claim, should you choose to do so, or defend you against the other driver’s claim if they file one. Here are common types of information to collect:
- The name and contact information of the other driver
- The driver’s license of the other driver
- The license plate number of the other car
- The insurance provider and policy number of the other driver
- The make, model, and color of the other vehicle
- The location of the accident
- Details about the weather, road conditions, or traffic conditions
- Statements and contact information from any witnesses
- The name and badge number of all responding officers
It’s also a good idea to take photo and video evidence of both cars. If you can safely take a photo of the position of your vehicles before moving them out of a busy road, do so.
Speak to the Police
When the police arrive, give them your version of events as best you can. Be careful to remain objective, and avoid admitting fault or apologizing for the accident.
Before the officers leave, be sure to ask how to get a police report. As of this post, the Houston Police Department allows you to purchase an accident report online via LexisNexis. You will need the report number, which the responding officer will give you.
Seek Medical Attention
Whether or not you think you’ve had a car accident injury, it’s important to visit a doctor. Sometimes, injuries don’t appear for days or even weeks after a crash, and your medical provider can help you document issues as they appear. This documentation will be vital evidence should you choose to file a claim.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you discover that your injury recovery will take significant time, effort, and money, a personal injury attorney can help. As your legal advocate, an experienced attorney can help you negotiate a settlement with your insurer or file a claim on your behalf to ensure that you get compensation for your car accident in Texas.
Know What to Do After a Car Accident
Though it can be hard to stay focused after a car accident, knowing how to handle the fallout is crucial. From contacting the police to seeking medical treatment, it’s important to ensure your safety and get the help you need.
That’s where our lawyers come in. We have a wealth of legal experience with vehicular accidents and personal injury cases, and we’ll fight for you every step of the way. To learn more, contact us today.