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Important Things You Should Do After a Texas Car Crash

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New Braunfels personal injury lawyerWhen you are involved in a car accident, your first concerns are most likely whether or not you or any passengers are injured and the extent of damage that has been done to your vehicle. Filing a personal injury claim may be the last thing on your mind. However, it is very important for anyone involved in an auto accident to take certain steps to preserve their right to collect compensation. The insurance company may be quick to offer a settlement that does not fully cover the present and future costs incurred by the accident, and sometimes, filing a personal injury lawsuit is the only way you will be able to be fully reimbursed for the losses caused in a car accident. If you are ever involved in a serious traffic accident, make sure to take the following steps so that if you do need to file a lawsuit, the odds of success will be in your favor.

Always Call the Police and Do Not Admit Fault

Calling the police is always a good idea after being involved in a car accident. A police report is an important formal record of the details of an accident. Bringing a successful personal injury lawsuit without a police report can be nearly impossible.

In addition, many polite individuals are in the habit of apologizing for unfortunate situations even if the situation is not their fault. If you are in an accident, do not admit fault, even just by saying “sorry” to the other driver, witnesses, or the police.

Take Pictures of the Accident Scene and Vehicle Damage

If you are able to do so, take several pictures of the accident scene. Make sure to photograph the damage done to your car as well as any damage done to the other car(s) involved in the accident. This not only protects your right to file an injury claim in the future, but it can also help prevent the other driver from exaggerating the extent of the damage done to his or her vehicle. It is always a good idea to get contact information from any witnesses to the accident as they can provide valuable testimony in the future.

Get Medical Attention Even if You Do Not Feel Pain

Many people are unaware of the powerful effect hormones have on a person when they are involved in a traumatic accident. When your body is in “fight or flight mode” you may not be able to feel how hurt you actually are. Many car accident-related injuries like whiplash have delayed symptoms. If you do not have a medical report detailing your injuries immediately after the accident, it can be difficult to prove that those injuries were caused by the accident and did not occur at a later date.

Contact a New Braunfels Car Crash Lawyer

When a negligent driver causes you to suffer injuries in a car accident, it is only fair that they compensate you for your injuries and property damage. To learn about your legal options following a serious auto accident, contact New Braunfels Personal Injury Attorney. Schedule a free, confidential consultation with an experienced Comal County car wreck attorney by calling us at 830-201-3515 today.

 

Sources:

https://www.thebalance.com/i-had-a-car-accident-now-what-2645472

https://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2018-07-03/7-steps-to-take-after-a-car-accident

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