4 Things To Do After a Houston Auto Accident

by Stewart J. Guss on Apr. 09, 2015

Accident & Injury Personal Injury Accident & Injury  Car Accident 

Summary: Even a relatively minor car accident can be extremely stressful and victims are often unsure of how to proceed afterward. The following are four things you should be sure to do following an car accident in Houston to improve your chances of later recovery from the responsible party.

Auto accidents can be traumatic events that often cause serious injuries and property damage. Even a relatively minor car accident can be extremely stressful and victims are often unsure of how to proceed afterward. The following are four things you should be sure to do following an car accident in Houston to improve your chances of later recovery from the responsible party. 

1. Seek a medical evaluation.

If emergency medical personnel who report to the scene of the accident believe that you require emergency attention, always listen to them and allow yourself to be evaluated immediately. Your health should be your top priority following an accident and you should always receive all the treatment you need for stabilization or to minimize further injury. If you do not require emergency attention, however, you should still seek an evaluation as soon as you can following the accident. A medical professional will be able to identify any accident-related injuries and the records of your diagnosis may be later used as evidence1 in your case. 

2. Gather information.

If you are not transported from the scene, make sure to gather as much information as possible. Use your smart phone or another device to take pictures of the scene of the accident, the vehicles involved, and any other conditions you may notice, such as tire marks or dangerous road hazards. Collect contact information from any witnesses that stopped at the scene and for police officers so that you may later obtain a copy of their report. 

3. Be cautious when speaking to the other driver's insurance company.

If you are contacted by the other driver's insurance company, be sure to only provide basic information such as your name, address, and other identifiers. Do not let them take a recorded statement of your version of events since they may later use statements against you to avoid liability. You should always have the assistance of an attorney when communicating with the insurance agents to improve your chances of a fair settlement. 

4. Contact an experienced Houston auto accident attorney.

Following an auto accident, you should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who understands how to help injured victims recover. An attorney can evaluate your case to see if you have a viable claim. Please call the law office of attorney Stewart J. Guss for a free consultation today at (281) 954-3799. 

References:

1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evidence

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