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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 accidentally 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!