Texas is one of the fastest-growing states in America, and the traffic
code has evolved to meet the demands of the populace. The many opportunities
for fender benders and other accidents make it a good idea to review what
to do after a car accident.
The first thing a driver must do upon the realization that their vehicle
has been in an impact with another vehicle, a pedestrian or a fixed object
is pull over and stop as quickly and safely as possible. Although safety
demands a person remove their vehicle from the flow of traffic as much
as they can, the driver must also stop at the accident or as close as
possible. The driver is then required to stay at the scene of the wreck
until they have fulfilled their duty to give all necessary information
to the other parties involved as well as to relevant Texas state officials.
If it seems probable that someone was hurt in an accident, any driver has
a responsibility to pull over immediately and attempt to render assistance.
They must provide whatever reasonable help is needed, including making
arrangements for the hurt people to receive medical treatment. Failure
to stop for property damage is a misdemeanor, but a refusal to stop and
help after an injury has been caused by an accident is considered a third-degree felony.
People who have been hurt in a
car accident that was not their fault may wish to consider filing a civil lawsuit to
seek compensation for their injuries. An attorney can help their client
file a personal injury claim. No information in this article should be
interpreted as specific legal advice.
Source: Texas Constitution and Statutes, "TRANSPORTATION CODE", October 29, 2014