Thousands of people get involved in a
car accident every year. Especially in our home state of Texas. We are a large state
and haves many interstate highways crossing through our state. It is likely
that you or someone close to you could become involved in some type of
auto accident. Having the tools and the knowledge beforehand is important,
no matter how severe or minor the accident may have been.
If you were
injured, you must also look after your health and the prompt treatment. You also
have many legal rights afforded to you immediately following an accident.
What Are the First Steps?
Those moments following your accident are the most critical and can make
an immense difference when it comes time to make your claim. Attend to
your injuries, no matter how minor. Remember that some symptoms of injuries,
such as brain injuries, may not surface until many weeks or even months
down the line.
We recommend the following steps to always remember following an accident:
1.Stop, pull over, identify yourself, and alert 911.
If you do not stop to identify yourself to the other driver, you could
face the possibility of being charged with hit and run. This happens more
frequently than you might realize, unfortunately. Also, if you leave right
away, the other driver could make up their own story about the details
of the accident.
2.Take photos and collect as much evidence as possible.
We have sophisticated technology at our fingertips nowadays: our cell phones.
They can take high-quality, high-resolution photos and are saved instantly
to your phone’s hard drive. Use that to your advantage. Take pictures
of everything: the vehicles at many different angles, the damage incurred,
and even the driver’s license and insurance information of the other
driver if necessary. You may want to take pictures of property damage,
tire streaks on the road, and any other marks related to your accident.
3.Do not speak to anyone else but the police.
Do not discuss the accident with the other driver or his or her insurance
representative. Unless you have consulted first with an Austin car accident
lawyer. Everything that you say can later be used by their insurance company
to deny your claim or try to shift liability onto you, even if the statement
seems ordinary or nondescript. When speaking with the police, stick to
the facts of the accident.
Have Questions? Contact Komie & Morrow, LLP!
Komie & Morrow, LLP is backed by
more than 50 years of combined experience. We have handled numerous accident cases and know what to anticipate.
It is important that if you were injured, you deserve to receive compensation
to completely cover the costs and inconvenience that the accident has
had on your life. We take the time to investigate the case thoroughly
and ensure that there are no holes or mix-ups that could jeopardize your
chances of having a successful claim.
Be sure to
contact our Austin injury attorneys if you have any questions about a case.