In Houston, TX, auto accidents can be considered to be commonplace considering the aggressiveness of the drivers on the road, and the traffic conditions that can ratchet up the stress levels creating the aggression in motorists in the first place.
Automobiles accidents are always unexpected, stressful, and challenging situations. However, there are a few important steps you need to take in the event that you’re involved in an auto accident in Houston.
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What To Do After a Car or Truck Accident
If you’re ever in a car accident be sure to take the following steps and/or gather the following information, if possible, prior to leaving the scene of the accident, or breaking ranks with the involved parties/witnesses.
- Contact the Houston Police Department, or other local law enforcement agency if outside of Houston proper, and be sure to inform them of any injuries, in the event you’re involved in an auto accident. Also be sure to inform law enforcement if you believe other involved drivers are intoxicated, or under the influence of controlled substances.
- Gather the full names, home addresses, drivers license numbers, license plate numbers, and other information such as the makes/models of all vehicles involved in the auto accident.
- Gather information about the insurance status of each of the involved drivers. This information should include police numbers, carrier information, and contact information.
- The police officer may attempt to interfere with your information gathering activities by telling that the other driver’s information will be included in the official police report, however, the police officer has up to 10 days to file the report under Texas law. Be sure to gather as much information as you can on the scene of the accident.
Gather Other Details of the Accident
We also recommend that you record key details of the event like the time of day, road conditions, date, travel directions of involved vehicles, names of all involved parties (including police), vehicle damages, and other information that will better paint the picture of “what happened” for your attorney.
Jones Law PLLC also recommends that, if you have a smart phone and are comfortable operating the camera; taking photos of the scene, skid marks in the road, license plates number(s), and damages.
Don’t Talk With The Adversary
Jones Law PLLC doesn’t recommend discussing anything with the other driver’s insurance provider as any engagement with their (either) insurance company may influence elements of any potential compensation you may be entitled to. However, you should report the incident to your insurance company, then contact Jones Law PLLC as soon as possible.
If you need medical attention it should be your first priority.
Remember, do not discuss anything nor answer any question posed by the other driver’s insurance company without first talking to attorney Tonya D. Jones, or the legal team that’s on standby at Jones Law PLLC.