A car accident can occur in a blink of an eye according to Consumer Affairs news reporter Mark Huffman. First comes the shock and next the uncertainty as to what to do next. He offers these suggestions if you find yourself in a car accident.
Try to Stay Calm
A car crash can be a jarring experience. Therefore, it is best to get your composure first and take an assessment of personal injuries. If the car is drivable, turn on your hazard lights and move the vehicle out of the way of traffic.
Treat it Seriously
Every car accident should be treated seriously even if there are no apparent injuries. The police should always be called. The reason for this is to have an official record of the accident. Seeking medical attention is also recommended even if there appear to be no serious injuries as this creates a medical record that may be useful later. Injuries from a car accident can often show no immediate symptoms.
Making Contact with the Other Driver
Keep your cool as car accidents can turn into road rage because emotions are already high. Inquire about the well-being of the driver and any passengers, but don’t apologize or admit fault. Exchange information such as names, license plates and insurance information. When talking to the police, stick to the facts only.
Take Pictures of the Damage
If your phone has a camera, take pictures of the damage to both vehicles and the accident scene if possible. These pictures may be potential evidence.
Notify Your Insurance Company
Once you’ve moved the car and called the police it is time to call your insurance company to report the accident.
Need an Attorney?
Most personal injury attorneys offer free consultations therefore, it makes sense to contact one if you have been in a car accident. A qualified Texas car accident attorney can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation.