What to Do After a Car Accident
If you find yourself involved in a car accident in Texas, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and perhaps confused. But as soon as it happens, you will need to do two things — take action to prevent further damage and injuries, and preserve any available evidence of the accident.
Your first step should be to bring your car to a stop at a safe location out of traffic, if at all possible. Once you can be sure you are safe, you should check on your passengers to see if anyone is injured. If necessary, call for an ambulance to allow injured people the treatment they need. Don’t try to move or treat them yourself — if you lack the proper training, you could actually make their injuries worse.
As you wait for the ambulance to show up, set up cones or flares to alert traffic to your presence. If you do not currently have these items in your vehicle, it’s a good idea to get some as soon as possible and store them in your trunk so you will be prepared in case you ever need them.
You should also call the police, as officers will conduct an investigation of the accident and develop a report, which could prove useful as evidence in a potential personal injury claim.
Next, take pictures of all of the damage done to both vehicles, in addition to damage to any structures in the area. You should also take photos of the surrounding area, especially if there are skid marks, broken traffic signals or anything else to help piece together the cause of the auto accident. If you don’t have a camera with you, write all of this information down in detail.
Finally, get the contact and insurance information of the driver, along with the names and contact information of any witnesses. Once you have taken care of these key tasks, consult a skilled Houston lawyer at Cire Law Firm by calling 713.532.6206 or contacting us online.