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What Should I Do Immediately After a Car Accident?

Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 31-Oct-2014

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.

Here’s what you should do after a Texas auto accident:

  • Pull over. 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.
  • Give assistance. 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.
  • Call 9-1-1. Get the police and medical responders on the scene. The police will file an accident report detailing how the accident occurred and what damage and injuries resulted from the collision. You should get a copy of this report when you are able, as it is important evidence for a claim.
  • Get medical help. Even if you don’t immediately feel injured, you should get checked out by a doctor as soon as you are able. Failing to do so may not only be harmful to your health, but may also harm your ability to collect compensation.
  • Consult a car accident attorney. 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.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC for a free consultation with our experienced Austin car accident attorney. Call today to discuss your case.

*No information in this article should be interpreted as specific legal advice.

Source: Texas Constitution and Statutes, "TRANSPORTATION CODE", October 29, 2014

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