Car crashes can be extremely scary, especially if they are serious. It can be tough to know what to do
immediately after a crash in Dallas-Fort Worth. If you suffered injuries or damage to your vehicle, it’s
important that you take certain steps right away in order to protect your legal right to compensation
later. Here are some actions you should take to increase the odds of receiving a fair settlement.
Use your cell phone’s camera. Use the video camera to record evidence from the scene. You
should also take pictures of the damage to your vehicle, the driver, and the license plate. It’s not
uncommon for negligent drivers to take off after an accident, and a photo can help identify him
or her later. You should also take pictures of any cars stopped in the area, as they could be
Do not leave the scene of the accident. Move your vehicles out of traffic after a crash, but do
not leave the scene until you have exchanged insurance information with the other driver. Make
a note of his or her driver’s license number, insurance company name, and policy number, and
name, address, and phone number.
Get information about witnesses. If there are witnesses to the accident, get their contact
information, as well as their recollections of the accident while fresh in their minds.
Record your own memories of the crash. The sooner you make notes or a video about your
memory of the accident, the more reliable your version becomes.
Seek medical treatment. Even if you believe you are uninjured, you should seek medical
treatment after a crash. Injuries may not appear until several days after an accident.
Call your insurance company right away. Report your accident within a reasonable time. If you
wait too long, you may be denied coverage.
In some cases, you may be able to work out a fair settlement after a car accident with one or both
insurance companies involved without an attorney, particularly if the damages are small. However, you
may need to hire an attorney, particularly for cases involving injuries or a lot of property damage.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call the automobile
accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231- 5800. We can help. Call us today to learn more or
to schedule a free consultation on your case.