What should I do after a Car Accident?
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As a Car Accident Attorney in Austin I am often asked what is the first thing to do immediately following a car wreck. The first thing to do after a car accident is to make sure that you’re okay. You want to ensure that you do not have any serious injuries and that everybody else involved in the crash was not injured. If any pedestrians or bicyclist were involved you want to ensure they are not seriously injured. If anyone is injured, the first thing you should do is call 9-1-1 to get emergency services.
After ensuring that no one is injured you want to make sure to preserve any evidence from the scene of the accident. A few ways to do this is through taking video, photos of the accident scene, and the names of folks that were around and saw the wreck. Even though Texas law requires you to move the accident out of the main flow of traffic you should take a video and pictures of the accident scene before moving the vehicles. There are numerous times where we have seen the parties move the vehicles to the side of the road then take pictures of the damage. This leads to future disputes of who is at fault. The insurance company has to utilize the damage and, often, conflicting accounts of what happened to piece together who is at fault. It is much better to take a quick video and pictures of the scene to utilize as evidence to prove your account of the accident is correct.
After you leave the accident scene you should call our office so we can take a look at all that information, photos, videos, and contact witnesses to give you a free assessment of your case and whether or not we feel you have a personal injury claim.
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