Anytime a person is involved in an auto accident, it can be a traumatic experience. For those involved in a drunk driving accident or hit by a negligent driver, the accident can take an even greater emotional toll. Every year across the country there are more than six million reported car accidents. Many Texas drivers must commute over long stretches of roads and highways in their everyday lives. With an increase in population across the state and subsequently more drivers on the road, Texas drivers should be aware and knowledgeable of what to do following a Lubbock car accident that is not their fault.
The first priority after any motor vehicle collision is to care for the people involved. If you or someone else in your car or at the scene was hurt, call for help immediately. If you or another passenger is able to take the following steps, it can help your personal injury case:
First and most importantly following a car accident, regardless of who’s at fault, assess all persons involved in the accident and seek necessary medical attention as soon as possible. For drivers who were hit and/or did not cause the accident, the steps below are crucial in protecting against fraudulent claims.
Sadly, many negligent drivers who are at fault for accidents are willing to resort to sharing false information with the authorities and/or insurance companies in an attempt to avoid assuming responsibility (and paying) for an accident they caused. For this reason, non-fault drivers should not discuss fault with any other drivers. Although drivers may feel the need to apologize and use forgiving language, this could be viewed as admitting responsibility and complicate a claim further.
Report the Accident
After making sure no one involved in the accident needs medical care, call the police to report the wreck. While this is standard advice for any car accident, it’s crucial for drivers who are not at fault to have official documentation of the incident. Police reports contain important information about car crashes that insurers will use to evaluate the claim. Additionally, police reports provide an overview of how the accident happened, including the date, time, and location, as well as any citations issued at the scene.
Contact Your Insurance Company
It’s important to notify your insurance carrier as soon as you can after a wreck to inform them that you have been involved in an auto accident and that you are not at fault. Unfortunately, it is up to the at-fault driver to notify his or her insurance company of the incident, and as you may imagine, this seldom occurs. Because the at-fault driver, their insurance company, and/or another responsible third party will be liable for damages, it is important to contact your own auto insurance company and provide them with the at-fault driver’s insurance information and contact information, as well as a police report number to get started on your claim.
The benefits of contacting your insurance company while at the scene of the accident include quickly starting on your claim, plus find out what information you can collect that will expedite the process, such as what additional documents are needed.
If someone hit you and you or another are physically able, you should take photos of your vehicle as well as the other driver’s vehicle from all angles. This will allow you to prove points of impact that will solidify the other driver’s fault. Additional information to collect from the scene includes:
- Driver’s personal information (Driver’s license, contact information)
- Driver’s insurance information
- Witness contact information
- Photos of any injuries sustained (including minor cuts and bruising)
- Notes regarding the accident itself
- Location of accident and direction of travel
- Citation number and/or police report number
Car accidents can leave victims frazzled and confused. After an accident, it is common for victims not to be able to recall everything the crash or give a detailed and accurate statement. Simply put, car accident victims have a lot to worry about, and representing themselves court should not be one of them. is dedicated to serving innocent auto accident victims and fiercely pursues compensation so that our clients can focus on healing. If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle crash, contact the personal injury attorneys at Liggett Law Group today. There is limited time to act following an accident in Texas, so don’t delay.