If you have been involved in an automobile accident, move safely to the side of the road and steer clear of oncoming traffic, if possible. Turn your hazard lights on, and call 911 to report the accident. Wait a safe distance from the road, if possible, for help to arrive.
It’s important following an accident to get as much information as possible from the other driver(s) involved in the accident and witnesses to the accident. Write down the driver’s address, phone number, license plate number and other vehicle information, and insurance information. You should also get contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
After you’ve gotten contact information, make as many notes about the accident as possible. Write down a detailed description of exactly what happened, including each car involved in the accident, the locations of the vehicles before and after the collision, where the collision occurred, and what caused the collision. If your cell phone has a camera, take pictures from as many angles as possible of the damage to the vehicles involved.
Following the accident, you should file an accident report with your DMV or the police station if police did not come to the scene of the accident. You should also contact your insurance company to report the accident. However, you should refrain from giving too many details about the accident or your injuries until you have consulted with a personal injury lawyer. It is important to know your rights and know what to expect before speaking with either insurance company. If you decide to hire a lawyer, they will make contact with the insurance companies for you and handle all of the negotiations.
If you are in the Dallas area, contact accident attorney Kris Barber from The Barber Law Firm for a free consultation and to learn more about your options following the accident. Call today at 972-231-5800.