What to Do After a Car Accident


1. Call 911

Report the accident and request an ambulance for anyone who is seriously injured.

2. Gather information

Ask the other driver(s) for the following:

  • Full name

  • Name of the person to whom the vehicle is registered

  • Phone number

  • Address

  • Driver’s license number

  • Insurance provider & policy number

  • Make & model of vehicle

  • License plate number

Ask any witnesses, passengers, and/or pedestrians for the following:

  • Full name

  • Phone number

Ask the police officers for the following:

  • Full names

  • Copy of the police report

3. Take pictures

Be sure to get pictures from several angles and distances of any damage to cars, nearby street signs, skid marks, and weather conditions.

4. Take notes

Write down as many details about the accident as you can, including:

  • The time and date of the accident

  • If anyone was driving while intoxicated

  • How the accident occurred

  • The directions the vehicles were traveling in prior to and after the accident

  • If anyone admitted fault

  • If you saw any problems with the vehicles before the accident, such as a broken headlight


5. Seek medical attention even for minor injuries

Even if you do not feel you are seriously injured, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident. Doing so not only ensures injuries are not overlooked but it will also serve as documentation of your injuries for an auto insurance claim.

6. Contact your insurance company

Inform your insurance company of your accident as soon as possible.

7. Do not trust the other driver’s insurance company

Do not talk to anyone associated with the other driver’s insurance company. Texas insurance companies are in the business of denying and minimizing the value of your claim.

8. Contact an attorney

An experienced attorney is a powerful advocate against insurance companies and big business that will fight for your fair and just compensation after an auto accident injury. You need someone who can handle all the details, so you can focus on getting better.

Megan Webb