5 Steps to Follow Before Contacting a Car Accident Lawyer
There are few things more upsetting than being involved in a car accident, especially when you believe another driver was distracted or reckless. Preparation, however, is the key to success. Before you contact a car accident lawyer for representation, there are several steps to follow.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Elissa I. Henry, an experienced Texas personal injury attorney. Our law firm was founded on the idea that legal services should be accessible to everyone. You’ll recognize that passion as we fight for the compensation you deserve.
Understand Your Rights
On March 14, 2018, four people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on Texas 71. During heavy traffic, one vehicle rear-ended another, setting a chain reaction into motion that caused a line of collisions. Five vehicles were involved. Three were towed after the accident. Car accidents are, unfortunately, common. According to IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), there were nearly thirty-five thousand fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2016 – and even more deaths.
As drivers become more distracted by social media and text messages while traveling, collisions during stop-and-go traffic increase in frequency. If you or your vehicle are harmed by a distracted driver, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Call First Responders and Answer Questions
Before contacting a car accident lawyer, call 911. Once first responders have ensured the safety of everyone on-scene, speak with police. Answer questions truthfully and calmly. Remember – your opportunity to place blame will come soon enough.
If you find yourself hospitalized after an accident, remain calm. Our team will work to investigate the incident, finding witnesses and photos that may help identify the cause.
Collect Pertinent Information
While you wait for responders to arrive, collect important information (if possible). This includes the name and insurance information of other drivers involved, contact information for possible witnesses, and license plate numbers.
Numerical information is important, but images serve as definitive proof. If you have a smartphone or camera on your person after a car accident, take as many pictures as possible before first responders arrive. You have the right to take photographs after an automobile accident. Be cautious, however, of starting an argument with another driver. Do not put yourself in harm’s way to take photographs or video.
Even though you may feel frightened, anxious, or angry, refrain from starting a fight. Not only could this pose a threat to people still on-scene, but it could also get you arrested. Your car accident lawyer will fight for you.
Contact a Texas Personal Injury Attorney for Representation
Once you’ve followed these steps, contact an experienced Texas personal injury attorney at the Elissa I. Henry Law Firm. Our firm is small, focused, and prepared to exclusively handle your needs. If you are in the hospital following a crash, we can go to you.