Involved in a car crash? Do this

If you are in a car crash, there are three things you should do.  First, take care of yourself and others who were affected by the crash.  Second, give and gather the information required by law.  Third, focus your attention on getting better, all the while documenting the steps you take.    If you are injured in a car crash due to someone else’s carelessness, follow these steps – then call us.

Take Care of Yourself and Others

Three Things to Do if You are In a Texas Car Crash

First and foremost, if you are in a car crash, take a moment to assess your personal space.  Are you in danger where you are?  Imminent danger may include a car fire, but it may also include the simple fact your car is in the wrong lane, just around a curve where it cannot be seen by oncoming traffic.  If you are not in a safe space, move to one if possible.  Check on your passengers, the occupants of the other car or cars, as well as any potential pedestrians who may have been injured.  Texas law requires you render aid if you are able.  This may include driving someone to the hospital, if there are no other options.

Exchange Information

Once you have attended to any medical concerns, the drivers must exchange certain information by law.   When an accident results in injury or death, drivers must exchange the following:

  • Driver’s names;
  • Driver’s addresses;
  • The registration number of the car;
  • The name of the liability insurer.

Additionally, if available and if asked, you must show your driver’s license to the other driver.  It is a good idea to proactively ask the other drivers in a car accident to see their driver’s license. 

Document Your Recovery

When you sustain injuries in a car crash, it is a good idea to document your injuries.  You can keep a personal injury diary, using a small notebook, or an app on your phone.  Just note dates and times of doctor’s appointments, prescription costs, and the like.  Additionally, note days of missed work, as well as missed overtime opportunities.  Anything that is related to your injury should be noted.  Next, contact a personal injury lawyer.  A personal injury lawyer can take on the difficult task of communicating with insurance companies and help you recover financial compensation for your injuries.  

If You Have Been Injured in a Car Crash

If you have been injured in a car crash, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to represent your interests, while you focus on getting better.  The Law Office of Raul A. Guajardo, P.L.L.C. has offices in Edinburg, Brownsville, and McAllen to serve you and offers free consultations.  Contact us to discover whether you have an actionable claim.  Let us work on recovering for your losses, while you work on getting better.   

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