What to Do After a Car Accident
AT THE SCENE OF THE 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:
Name of the person to whom the vehicle is registered
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:
Ask the police officers for the following:
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
AFTER LEAVING THE SCENE:
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.