What Comes Next? Advice From an Attorney Following a Vehicle Accident
According to the Association For Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) more than 37,000 people die in automobile accidents in the United States each year. Another 2.35 million are injured or permanently disabled. When a vehicle accident is caused by a reckless or negligent driver, an experienced attorney is often contacted for representation in a personal injury lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident caused by a careless driver, you are entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Our experienced Texas personal injury attorney at Elissa I. Henry Law Firm, PLLC will communicate with insurance companies, contact potential witnesses, obtain police reports, and fight for the compensation you deserve.
After being injured in a vehicle accident, there are several essential steps you must take to protect yourself and your future legal interests.
#1: Remove Yourself From The Roadway
Following a dangerous accident, you must remove yourself from the roadway to prevent further injury to yourself or your property. If possible, navigate your vehicle into the breakdown lane. If you are unable to move your vehicle, extricate yourself and leave the roadway. If you feel pressure in your head or neck – or cannot extricate yourself without assistance – do not move.
#2: Contact First Responders
If anyone has been seriously injured, call an ambulance for medical assistance. Next, call the nearest police department. When officers respond, obtain their names and badge numbers for future reference. You should always file a police report, even if no injuries were sustained. Request a copy of this report.
#3: Help Other Victims
While you wait for first responders to arrive, help other victims injured in the accident. Remember never to move someone with a neck or back injury until you have professional guidance.
#4: Take Photographs
Taking photographs of the accident can make or break your case. Not only will your insurance company see the extent of the damage, but a courtroom will get a clear picture of your experience, should you choose to file a personal injury lawsuit.
#5: Collect Insurance and Contact Information
Exchange information with other drivers involved in the accident, including phone numbers, full names, addresses, and insurance companies. You should also gather contact information from any potential witnesses, including passengers in other vehicles.
#6: Collect Medical Records and Bills
If you sustained injuries, collect all of your medical records and bills for safekeeping. Write down the name and contact information of each medical professional involved in your treatment.
Contact an Experienced Texas Personal Injury Attorney for Representation
No one anticipates being injured in an automobile accident. Reckless and negligent drivers should be held accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident caused by a careless driver, contact our experienced team at Elissa I. Henry Law Firm, PLLC by calling (512)-766-4529. Our office will focus on your case, while you focus on your recovery.