A car accident can be a traumatic experience and you may feel overwhelmed about what to do next. However, it is important to understand that your immediate actions can have serious consequences on your ability to collect compensation. Attorney Luke Dow and the team at our Austin, TX, firm understand how difficult this time can be and have compiled a list of tips for what to do after a car accident. Keep calm, avoid making any statements regarding fault, and take care of any injuries you have. Once you have received medical care and are in a safe location, contact our office online or call us at (512) 480-9502 to find out more about your next steps.
Do not apologize to anyone involved in the crash as it may later be seen as an admission of guilt and imply legal liability.
Immediately after a Car Accident
Your actions at the scene of the accident cannot be taken lightly. If you are able to, check on other drivers and passengers who were involved in the accident. It is important to avoid apologizing to anyone as it may later be seen as an admission of guilt and imply legal liability. You should also:
- Call the police and file an accident report
- Exchange information with other drivers, including names, phone and license numbers, and basic insurance information
- Talk to witnesses and obtain their contact information
- Take pictures of the vehicles and surroundings
If emergency personnel or other professionals at the scene advise you to seek medical attention, do so immediately.
Seeking Medical Attention
If you are injured and receive medical care as a result of the accident, you should keep a careful record of this information. Request copies of all medical reports and bills and make note of any doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, or other medical professionals who treat you. You should also keep track of how your injuries impact your daily life, including missed workdays and any activities you cannot enjoy.
Communicating with Insurance Providers
As soon as possible, notify your insurance company and alert them to the fact you were in an accident. They will likely do a property damage evaluation. If you are not satisfied with the results, you can pursue an independent repair estimate or replacement quote. Before agreeing to any settlement, we recommend you seek the opinion of a personal injury or car accident attorney.
Why Hire an Attorney?
There is no guarantee your insurance company has your best interests at heart. They may offer you a settlement that fails to cover the full cost of your repairs, let alone your medical expenses. A qualified car accident attorney, such as Luke Dow, can help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Our team has the resources to represent you in cases with large insurance companies and advocate on your behalf.
Learn Your Next Steps
Luke Dow has spent over 20 years fighting for the rights of his clients. He is a board-certified attorney with a deep understanding of the laws surrounding personal injury and car accident cases. Call our office at (512) 480-9502 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation today.