What you should do if you are in an auto collision
In Texas each year, car and truck collisions result in serious injuries and deaths. While collisions are sudden and cause immediate confusion and anxiety, you must be prepared in the event that you are in a collision.
1. Stop, pull over and check yourself and your passengersIf possible, pull your vehicle over to a safe location. Check everyone in your car. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately and be able to report the injuries in a calm manner. The 911 dispatcher needs to know your location. Try to provide a street name or other helpful information. 911 will ask you questions about the injuries and may provide you with instructions.
If you are injured, get immediate care from the emergency responders and try to explain your injuries.
2. Report the crash to the PoliceIf 911 has not done so, report the collision immediately to law enforcement. It is extremely important that the crash is investigated by law enforcement in order to get a crash report. Call the police to make sure you get a police report!
You or your lawyer can request a copy of the written report later.
3. Collect EvidenceGather as much information about the crash as possible, or have others help you. Take photos with your phone of the vehicles, license plates, the roadway, the other drivers, the police and emergency responders, and any other important evidence. Get the other drivers' information and insurance information.
Get the name and phone numbers for any witnesses. Surprisingly, the police will often not gather witness information.
4. If seriously injured, get immediate medical careIf you are seriously injured, seek medical care immediately. A serious injury is one that prevents you from moving or is dangerous enough to result in permanent impairment or death if immediate treatment is not received.
If you are not seriously injured, still complete the steps above, if possible. As soon as you are able, seek medical care for your injuries.
Because of high adrenaline levels after a collision, you may not immediately notice your injuries. You should go to the emergency room to be examined and then follow up with a medical doctor.
Keep thorough documentation of your injuries and all of your doctor's visits. At a later point, your attorney can help you to organize this documentation and use it as valuable evidence when proving damages that you have sustained.
5. Notify your insurance companyIf you intend to hire a lawyer, let the attorney start the claim process. If not, notify your insurance company as soon as possible.
Call Shurtleff LawIf you or your family suffered injuries in a car crash, you will need to hire an experienced car accident lawyer. The insurance companies have hundreds of adjusters and attorneys that are only looking out for the insurance company. It is important that you have someone fighting for you.
Insurance companies often offer injured accident victims settlements that are too low for based on the medical bills and injuries.
To prevent this from happening to you, contact Shurtleff Law Firm immediately to set up a free consultation. There are no fees for injury cases unless we successfully win or settle your claim.