What to do After a Car Accident
How to Handle an Accident Claim in Houston
An auto accident occurs in a jarring instant that can leave you hurt, frightened and wondering what to do.
If you were injured or a family member was killed in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver, one of the most important steps you can take is to contact Houston car accident injury attorney Tony Malley. Based on his extensive experience representing those who suffered severe injuries in motor vehicle accidents, Mr. Malley recommends the following guidelines in the event that you are hurt in a car accident.
Assess Injuries and Contact Help
In the aftermath of a car accident, you should check yourself and your passengers for obvious injuries. Call 911 or contact the police and let them know if emergency medical personnel are necessary.
Even if you do not have immediate symptoms of injury, it’s a good idea to undergo a medical evaluation. The signs of some severe injuries, including brain injuries, are not always instantly apparent, especially to accident victims.
Dealing with Police and Insurance Providers
Unless you require transport for emergency medical care, do not leave the scene of a car accident until you have spoken with police. Cooperate with police and answer their questions honestly, but without admitting fault for the accident.
Likewise, do not apologize or admit fault for the car accident to insurance agents. In fact, it is advisable to discuss your case with Mr. Malley prior to answering any insurance provider questions or making any decisions regarding insurance company settlement offers. Learn more about Insurance Claims.
Document Auto Accident Details
Collect as much information as possible about your car accident and the circumstances surrounding it. Specific details to gather if possible include:
- The names, driver’s license numbers, insurance information and contact information for other involved drivers
- The makes, models and license numbers of other involved vehicles
- The names and contact information for witnesses
- Information about the conditions in which the accident occurred
- Pictures or video of resulting injuries and vehicle damage
If you were injured or a family member died in a car accident that may have been caused by another driver’s carelessness, please contact the Malley Law Firm for your free case consultation. Personal injury attorney Tony Malley is proud to represent car accident victims and their families from the Houston and Beaumont, Texas, areas.