What to Do After a Car Accident
Legal Counsel from Our Dallas Car Accident Attorney
Being in a
car accident can be a scary and stressful experience. Many people aren’t aware
of the right way to conduct themselves after being involved in a collision,
which could hurt their eligibility for compensation or coverage later
on. Our Dallas personal injury lawyer explains what you need to know in
order to feel prepared in the event of a car accident.
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Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself
In the event of a car accident, there are simple steps you can take to
ensure that you are taking the appropriate precautions and protecting
the likelihood of you receiving financial coverage.
Steps you should take after being in a car crash:
Stay there. You should never leave the scene of an accident until it is time to do
so. Many people can be frazzled or unnerved after a collision and accidently
leave before it is time. This can severely hurt their standing in an accident case.
Make sure all drivers and passengers are safe. Before you assess the damage on your car, make sure that all of the people
involved are okay. Get medical attention right away for anyone with injuries
and make sure that those with back, neck, or head injuries are not moved,
unless they are in a hazardous location.
You may need to involve the police. If the accident has physical injuries, a significant amount of property
damage, or death, the police need to be notified. It is important to ask
for a police report be filed and that you get the name and badge number
of the responding officer.
Collect information. Before leaving the scene, be sure to get the names, numbers, addresses,
license plate numbers, and drivers’ license numbers of everyone
involved in the collision. When interacting with others involved, make
sure you don’t apologize or say “I’m sorry”. Doing
so could be considered admitting liability and hurt you.
Speak with witnesses. If there are witnesses to the accident, collect their names, numbers,
and addresses. Speaking with them and getting their information can be
a useful resource in the future when trying to prove liability. It is
also a good idea to ask people that live around the scene whether or not
accidents occur there often.
Take lots of pictures. Pictures are a great source of evidence to use when trying to prove what
happened and who is liable. Take pictures of the damage to all vehicles
involved, as well as the surrounding area. For instance, if an obstructed
stop sign caused the accident, be sure to take pictures of that.
Be cautious of early settlement offers. It is never a good idea to accept a settlement before you get the get
a property damage valuation or have a medical examination. Major injuries
can surface weeks or months after an accident and accepting an early settlement
can force you to miss an opportunity to receive the appropriate amount
of compensation you need.
Speak with an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been in a car accident and need legal assistance seeking the
restitution for your pain and suffering, contact Gresham, P.C. today.
Our Dallas attorney is highly experienced and skilled in personal injury
and car accident cases. We can help you claim the coverage you need.
Contact our firm today at (469)757-4055 and speak with a member of our team!