What to Do If You Get into a Wreck
What should you do after getting into a wreck? The steps you take immediately afterward could be the reason why you are able to avoid liability and secure a fair amount of compensation in your car accident claim later.
After being in a car accident or traffic wreck, you should plan on:
- Calling the police: When a car accident has enough force to injure someone or noticeably damage a vehicle, it should be brought to the attention of local law enforcement. Call the police or 911 if someone has been severely injured. Emergency responders can help control the scene, provide first aid, and make useful reports that you can use as evidence for your claim.
- Getting the other driver’s insurance: You will not be able to get too far in your car accident claim if you don’t know who hit you. Do not forget the crucial step of getting identifying information and insurance information from the other driver.
- Taking photographs: If you have a smartphone, then you have a good portable camera. Use it after a car accident. You should snap as many photos of the scene as you think are necessary. Don’t worry about photographing too much because a car accident lawyer will be much happier having plenty of photos to sort through than not nearly enough. Injuries, vehicle damage, and traffic conditions should be the center focus of your photos.
- Talking to eyewitnesses: In many car accident cases, the best information comes from people who saw the accident from a third-party perspective. Other drivers and pedestrians get a clear, objective view of the crash. You do not need to get highly detailed statements from eyewitnesses at that moment. You can instead save their contact information and talk to them when you are in a better condition or instruct your attorney to call them for you.
- Seeing a doctor: Allow paramedics to take you to the hospital or the emergency room if they determine your injuries are serious or life-threatening. If they are not, then you should still arrange to be taken to an urgent care facility for treatments within the next few hours at the latest. A doctor’s check-up will establish when your injuries happened and give you a better idea of their extent.
- Working with an attorney: Once you have seen a doctor, the next thing to do is to see a lawyer. Serious car wrecks call for serious legal representation. Otherwise, you could go head-to-head with experienced insurance defense attorneys who have built their careers by making certain claimants get as little money as possible after an accident.
For car accident victims in Austin, Howry, Breen & Herman offers comprehensive and compassionate legal representation when it counts the most. Call (512) 430-4844 or contact our firm online to schedule a confidential and complimentary case evaluation.