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Alarming Statistics Make It Critical to Be Prepared in a Car Accident

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A newspaper article from this past March revealed staggering statistics for Comal County drivers—and it may not stop there. After analyzing car accident statistics on FM 32, it was found that the Comal County portion of this may be more dangerous than its counterparts. According to accident data from the past six years, the number of accidents on this stretch of the roadway increased 60 percent from 2018 to 2019. The curviness of the road, drivers moving at 60mph around the bend, and a lack of guardrails are placing many Comal County drivers at risk.

Although statistics have not yet been released for the entirety of 2020, the National Safety Council (NSC) saw a 6 percent increase in the number of roadway deaths throughout the state of Texas so far this year. While you may think stay-at-home orders would keep people in their homes, freeing up the roads for fewer accidents, the NSC believes these open roads are leading to an increase in reckless driving. Now that things are beginning to open back up, rusty drivers are taking to the roads for the first time in months and careless driving behaviors may continue despite the increase in cars on the road. Whether you are driving down FM 32 in Comal County or navigating other roads throughout Texas, it is crucial that you remain vigilant while driving and be prepared for how you should handle an accident if you find yourself in a collision with another vehicle.

What to Do After an Accident

If you get hit by another vehicle, you are likely in shock and are unsure of what to do next. The following are step-by-step guidelines for how you should handle yourself if you are ever involved in a car accident.

  1. Move to a Safe Location: Due to the adrenaline rush that typically comes immediately following a car accident, you may not notice any pain or injuries that you suffered. Before doing anything, it is critical to do a self-evaluation for injuries. If you try to move before finding the location of your injuries, you may end up exacerbating the situation. Once you have determined any injuries that you may have, move your car to safety as best you can and move away from the vehicle. There is always a chance that the vehicle could have an unnoticed gas leak, which could lead to a fire.

  2. Obtain the Other Party’s Information and Record Your Own: Hopefully, the other driver involved in the accident stays at the scene. Be sure to ask for his or her identifying information and take good notes of the details and conditions of his or her vehicle, including the license plate number. You never know if the other driver may provide you with false information, and the plate number will be an easy identifier to use later. Never let the other driver off without reporting the accident. Your car may have more damage than you thought and you may have sustained injuries for which you may be compensated if the other driver is found to be at fault.

  3. Contact Law Enforcement: You should seek documentation from law enforcement, even if you do not think the accident has caused extensive damage. An official police report of the crash can be helpful if you decide to file a claim since they would be considered an objective third party. Be sure to keep yourself from admitting blame or apologizing for the accident, even if you believe it was your fault. There may be unknown details about the other person’s driving that may have led to the accident.

  4. Call an Attorney: Before filing a claim for the accident, you should speak with a reputable attorney. After hearing the details of the accident, an attorney will be able to provide you with the best advice on how to proceed. He or she can help you explore your options as to what type of claim you should be making. Insurance companies often try to give you less than you deserve to avoid a large payout. However, a personal injury lawyer will have a better idea of how much you really deserve.

Call a Comal County Car Accident Lawyer

Whether you have been injured on FM 32 or another Comal County roadway, speaking with an attorney immediately after your vehicle accident is critical. You will have the best memory of the event and you will have immediate guidance on how you should handle the situation. The legal team at New Braunfels Personal Injury Attorney, Inc. has helped numerous clients throughout Texas obtain their deserved compensation for medical bills, vehicle damage, time away from work, emotional trauma, and more. If you have recently been in an accident and do not know where to turn, contact our qualified New Braunfels personal injury attorneys. We will help you determine liability for your collision and hold those responsible accountable. Call our office today at 830-201-3515 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://news4sanantonio.com/news/trouble-shooters/accidents-up-60-on-dangerous-stretch-of-comal-county-road

https://www.nsc.org/in-the-newsroom/motor-vehicle-fatality-rates-jump-14-in-march-despite-quarantines

https://www.statefarm.com/claims/claims-help/auto/how-to-handle-an-accident

https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/insurance/what-to-do-after-a-car-accident/ 

 

 

 

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