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What Steps Do I Need to Take After a Car Accident?

Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of accidental injuries in Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports that there were more than 240,000 people hurt in automobile accidents in the state in 2022. Dealing with the aftermath of a car crash is invariably stressful. If you know what to do, you will be in a far better position to get justice. Here, our Irving auto accident attorney highlights the specific steps that you should take after a motor vehicle collision in Texas.

Steps after Taking a Car Accident

Step #1: Stop Your Vehicle and Exchange Information

Texas law is crystal clear: All motorists involved in a crash have a duty to stop their vehicle, exchange information with other parties, and stay at the accident scene (unless there is a medical emergency). Leaving the scene of an accident not only undermines a potential personal injury claim, but it is actually a criminal violation in Texas. Be sure to exchange your name, address, driver’s license number, vehicle registration, and insurance details.

Step #2: Report Your Collision to Law Enforcement

Any crashes that result in physical injury and/or significant property damage should be reported to law enforcement right away. It is a requirement under Texas law—and following it will put you in a better position to bring a successful claim. When the police arrive at the scene of the crash, they will control the situation and write an accident report. You can report your collision to the Irving Police Department, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, or another state/local agency.

Step #3: Seek Immediate Medical Care for Any Injury (Emergency Takes Priority)

Health comes first. Of course, severe injuries are emergencies and require an immediate 911 call. Even if the injuries seem relatively minor, it is still essential to get checked by a licensed Texas doctor. Some injuries—a traumatic brain injury (TBI), whiplash, internal bleeding, etc—might not show symptoms immediately. Getting timely medical help not only ensures your well-being but also provides medical records that are required to bring a successful legal claim.

Step #4: Document Your Motor Vehicle Crash

Documentation is key. Texas is a fault-based jurisdiction for motor vehicle accidents. The party—whether driver, trucking company, or anyone else—who is deemed at fault for a crash is liable for the resulting damages. Evidence of fault helps to build your claim. Take photos of the accident scene, including all vehicles involved, any visible injuries, and road conditions. Get the name and contact information of all of the witnesses. Be sure to jot down details like the time, location, and how the accident happened. Finally, when the police report is available, get a copy.

Step #5: Avoid Giving a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Adjuster

Insurance companies are not on your side. Whether you are dealing with your own insurance adjuster or any other party’s insurance adjuster, it is very important that you take an extremely cautious approach. The goal of an insurance company representative is to protect the financial interests of their employer. They may ask for a recorded statement about the accident. It is in your best interest to decline this until you’ve consulted with a lawyer. Remember, what you say can be used against you. It could decrease the value of your claim.—possibly by a lot.

Step #6: Seek Professional Support From a Texas Auto Accident Lawyer

Car accident claims are complicated. It is normal to have tons of questions after a crash. You and your family do not have to figure out everything on your own. The best step that you can take to protect your rights and your interests is to speak to an experienced Texas auto accident lawyer as soon as possible after a serious crash. Set up a free case review. Along with other things, your attorney will be able to review your case, answer your legal questions, help you understand the potential value of your claim, and take action to fight for the maximum compensation.

Schedule a Free Case Review With a Top-Tier  Irving, TX, Car Crash Attorney Today

At David Sanchez Law Group, PLLC, our Texas automobile accident attorney has the professional expertise you can trust. If you or your loved one was hurt in a serious crash, we are more than ready to protect your rights. Call us now or connect with us online for your no-cost, no-obligation case review. From our Irving law office, we handle motor vehicle collision claims throughout North Texas, including in Duncanville, Garland, Grand Prairie, Mesquite, and Richardson.


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