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What to do After a Car Accident in Austin

By August 25, 2017Car Accidents

You are crossing an intersection when a car in the opposite direction runs a red light and slams into you. The impact causes whiplash and other injuries. Your car is totaled.

Car accidents are common in Texas. In 2016, there was a crash every 57 seconds. Anyone can be a victim at any time, so it’s important to know what to do if you are involved in a crash.

Move Out of the Road

After an accident, it’s a good idea to get out of the road to avoid further damage to you and your car. If your car is not in working order, at least turn on your hazards lights to alert other drivers that you can’t move out of the way.

Stay Put

Don’t leave the accident scene until you have assessed the situation. If another car was involved, check on the occupants to see if anyone needs medical attention. If anyone has suffered serious property damage or injury, call the police and wait for them to arrive so you can file a report. If you take off immediately after the accident, you could face hit and run charges if someone is injured or killed.

Exchange Information

Get the information of the other drivers involved. Get driver’s license information, insurance information, license plate numbers, names and phone numbers. If any witnesses were present, get their information as well.

Document the Scene

Take photos of the scene. Be sure to take photos of damage, any tire tracks and identifying information such as intersections, road signs and landmarks. Take notes that show when and where the accident took place.

File a Claim With Your Insurance Company

Be sure to let your insurance company know about the accident as soon as possible.  Do not lie about what happened. Tell the truth and be sure to inform them if you have any injuries. Show them a copy of your police report, if you have one.

Keep Track of Expenses

If you have medical bills, lost wages or other expenses as a result of the crash, be sure to keep track of them. You will need receipts in order to recover damages from the insurance company.

Don’t Admit Guilt

Even a simple “I’m sorry” can be an admission of guilt. While it might seem polite to apologize, it can be used against you and cause you to be held liable for the crash. If questioned about the accident, don’t say anything for the facts. One of the most common personal injury mistakes people make is making recorded statements to their insurance company. This information, however well-intentioned you may be, can be used against you. If an insurance company calls, it’s best to have a lawyer present.

Get Help for Your Car Accident

While many car accidents are minor, some cause head trauma, back and neck injuries, and lifelong conditions. It’s important to obtain the compensation you need to pay medical bills and recover lost wages.

If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident, contact DC Law. Dan Christensen is a former prosecutor who uses his experience and knowledge to help others. Call him today at (512) 872-4834 to schedule a consultation.