Even when we take every precaution, car accidents are bound to happen. After all, Houston is the fourth largest city in America and is home to millions of people. More cars on our roads and highways means more potential for accidents.
While we sincerely hope that you and the people you love don’t find yourself in a serious accident, it’s a good idea to be prepared in case it happens. Accidents tend to happen when you least expect them to. You need to prepare now, not later.
The attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek want to help keep Texas drivers safe.
Texas law requires that drivers involved in serious accidents stop and remain at the scene. It is a crime to flee the scene of an accident in which someone is injured, even if you didn’t cause the accident.
Stay calm. We know it’s a stressful situation, but try to keep your composure so you can think clearly. Here’s what you need to do:
- Dial 911 and summon emergency help immediately if anyone is injured.
- Get insurance information from the other drivers involved. If there are any witnesses, get their contact information.
- Note the time of day, weather conditions, damage to vehicles and any other information you think is relevant. It’s better to document too much than too little.
- Cooperate fully with police, but do not admit fault or discuss the accident in detail. Obtain a copy of the police report.
- If possible, taking photographs of the vehicles involved, especially any damage. Take photographs of your injuries if possible. Don’t worry about taking a prize-winning photo; the point is to secure evidence from the scene that may be useful in the future.
- Don’t leave the scene until told to do so by police. Leaving the scene of an accident before police arrive can be a crime.
After the Car Accident
Once you’ve left the scene of the car accident, it’s important that you get started on the path to recovery right away. The longer you wait, the harder your accident may be to investigate.
Seek Medical Attention
Seeking medical attention is a vital part of any car accident claim. If your injuries are serious, you may be taken straight to the hospital from the scene in an ambulance to be treated. If not, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor right away.
Not all auto accident injuries are apparent immediately. Some may take days to surface.
The point of seeing a doctor is more than getting the medical treatment you need. It means professionally documenting the injuries you suffered due to the crash. This information can prove to be vital when an attorney is working to build your case for compensation.
Notify Your Insurance Company
You will need to report the accident to your insurance company. However, be sure to provide them only with the basics of the accident. Do not speculate and do not admit fault. Give no statement to an insurance company until you have spoken with an attorney. Insurance companies may try to use your own words against you and use them to justify giving you less money than you really deserve.
This is because insurance companies aren’t on your side. They are not looking out for your best interests. They are looking out for their bottom line, and the sad fact is that the less they pay you, the more money they make.
This is why it may be in your best interest hire an attorney. When you are represented by an attorney, your attorney deals with insurance companies on your behalf. It is your attorney’s job to advocate for you at every step of the way. Your best interests come first.
At Pierce Skrabanek, we don’t let greedy insurance companies take advantage of our clients.
Texas Auto Accident Liability
Liability is a key part of any car accident lawsuit or insurance claim. Insurance companies want to know who was at fault for the accident before they commit to paying out money.
Texas is a “fault” state when it comes to car accident liability. This means that drivers and their insurers are responsible for bearing the expenses when the driver is responsible for the accident.
Texas requires that motorist carry insurance minimums of:
- $30,000 bodily injury per person
- $60,000 bodily injury per accident if two or more people are hurt
- $25,000 for property damage
Determining liability is not always cut and dry. Proving that another driver was responsible may require an investigation of the accident by an attorney. When Pierce Skrabanek handles a car accident case, we’re always prepared to bring in experts if it makes your case stronger. We know how to investigate car accidents.
Keep in mind that Texas law gives you two years to bring a car accident claim. If you wait to long, you may never see justice. That’s why it’s important that you contact a car accident attorney right away once your medical needs are tended to.
Contact a Houston Car Accident Attorney
When innocent people are hurt in car accidents in Houston and elsewhere in Texas, the lawyers at Pierce Skrabanek are there for them. Our job as personal injury attorneys is to fight to get our clients the fullest compensation possible for their suffering so that they can get what they need to move on in life.
There is no cost and no obligation to speak with an attorney about your case. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident in Houston, please call us today.