According to the Texas Department of Transportation, a person sustained an injury in an automobile accident roughly every two minutes in 2017. Even worse, an individual died in a crash on Texas’s many roadways about every two–and–a–half hours that year.
Car accidents can be strange. While you have probably seen a few and heard about many more, you may never have been in a car crash yourself. Still, what you do after a collision is important. Here are four steps to take following an automobile accident.
- Check for injuries
The safety of both you and your passengers must be paramount after a collision. Therefore, following any crash, whether minor or severe, you should always check yourself and your passengers for injuries. Remember, soft-tissue and other types of injuries may not appear immediately. Therefore, after performing a visual inspection of yourself and others, seek emergency medical treatment.
- Call 911
You must begin to build an official record of the accident scene. Both to document the accident and manage the other driver, you should always call the police. When officers arrive, speak to them about the accident. Then, let the authorities conduct the investigation and interview everyone involved.
- Grab your smartphone
As you know, a picture is worth a thousand words. Therefore, provided you can do so without endangering yourself or others, use the camera on your smartphone to take some photographs of the accident scene. As you may suspect, photographic evidence may be vital in proving who caused the accident.
- Think about your words
Admitting fault immediately after an accident may make receiving adequate compensation for your injuries and property damage difficult. Likewise, you may not have enough information to understand the cause of the crash. Therefore, rather than apologizing or accepting blame, only talk about facts. Then, after the accident scene clears, consider letting a qualified attorney speak on your behalf.
Even though you may not have much experience dealing with automobile accidents, you can improve your chances of recovering fully by acting responsibly after the crash. With a bit of diligence, you also boost your chances of receiving just compensation for your damages from whomever caused the accident.