The moments immediately following a car accident can be frightening and disarming. Depending on the cause and severity of the accident, you could find yourself injured, stranded, or alone. To calm yourself during these crucial moments, there are some back-to-back steps you need to follow.
If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident, contact a Texas personal injury lawyer for assistance. At the Law Office of Raul A. Guajardo, PLLC, necessary support is provided for you.
Remove Yourself From The Roadway
Whether the accident took place on an interstate or a deserted back road, you should always remove yourself – and your passengers – from the roadway. This way, traveling vehicles pose no further threat. If your vehicle is unresponsive, you’ll need to exit immediately. If you can’t remove yourself or a passenger from the vehicle, turn on your emergency lights (if possible) and wait for an ambulance to arrive.
You should never leave the scene of a car accident. Your driving privileges can be revoked, your license can be suspended, and first responders can miss essential information. Instead, pull your vehicle to the side of the road, assess the situation, and remain calm.
Provide Necessary Assistance
After ensuring your own safety, call 911 for medical assistance. You should also inform the local police department or highway patrol, especially if fatalities or injuries are involved.
While you wait for first responders to arrive, provide assistance to other motorists injured in the accident. Never move an injured person unless you have no other choice.
According to the DMV, when involved in an automobile accident in the state of Texas, you must provide certain information to other involved parties. They, in turn, must share their information with you. This includes your name, address, and contact information – in addition to your driver’s license number, your license plate number, and your insurance details.
If you have time and a camera on your phone, take photos of the accident. These can prove beneficial in numerous ways in the future.
Report Your Accident
If the accident caused injury or death – or more than a thousand dollars of property was damaged – you are required by law to complete and submit a Driver’s Crash Report within ten days of the accident, assuming a police report hasn’t been filed. This report should be submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
Contact a Texas Personal Injury Lawyer for Assistance
Being involved in a crash or accident can be daunting. By following these steps, you’ll simplify the process. After you’ve returned home safely, contact a Texas personal injury lawyer for assistance. At the Law Office of Raul A. Guajardo, PLLC, you’ll receive the support you need. Contact our office by calling (956)-318-3200.