After you have had a long day of work, your excitement to be headed home is undeniable. However, your trip may not always go as planned. Traffic often piles up, and some people don’t pay attention. Red lights will often delay your journey. While stuck at a red light, a car speeds toward you, playing loud music, and strikes your rear end without any warning. The first reaction you will have is shock. However, there are some things personal injury lawyer Joey Tellez reminds you to do after being involved in a car accident. It’s car accident 101!
Car Accident 101 Checklist
1.) Stop! Never leave a scene of a car accident, even one you think is minor. A “minor” collision can cause your spine to suffer injuries you will never recover from.
2.) You always need to call the police. Don’t ever assume that the insurance will fully cover your accident expenses without a report. It is always a good idea to contact the police, just in case of injury and to file a police report.
3.) Keep an accurate record of events. It is important to have an accurate record of events to tell the police when they ask. If you are not sure about a fact, do not speculate.
4.) Exchange information. When the police are called, officers will report to the scene to help. Information is recorded, and along with a report number that is assigned to your case. However, if they are not called to the scene, you will need to obtain the name, address, and telephone number of everyone involved in the accident.
5.) Report the accident. Notify your insurance company as soon as possible. Many policies require immediate reporting and full cooperation.
6.) Say “Yes” to medical attention. Often, injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents are not immediately apparent because of the adrenaline released by your body immediately after the collision. You may feel the most pain a day or two following an automobile accident. Blurred vision or loss of consciousness for even a short period following the collision, may indicate a concussion or closed head injury.
Protect Your Rights!
Perhaps the most important thing you should do after an accident is to consult an experienced car accident attorney. It is important that you have received legal advice from your lawyer before providing a statement to the insurance company or the other party’s insurance company and or their attorneys. Time is of the essence when it comes to car accidents and personal injury cases. Important details need to be remembered accurately. Follow this car accident 101 and protect your rights!
We know these situations can be stressful, let us take care of it for you! For more information, contact the law office of Joey Tellez today at 956.717.8200 or visit our website.