What to Do After a Car Accident
Trusted Guidance from Guerra & Farah, PLLC
At some point in most people's lives, they will be an automotive accident.
While some collisions may seem minor, with apparently little damage and
seemingly minor injuries, the harms and losses could ultimately be substantial.
All car accidents require immediate action to obtain the best possible
recovery for your harms and losses. Our
El Paso car accident lawyers are happy to present the following guide for all those who want to be
prepared for a possible auto accident and take proactive efforts towards
a full recovery from your harms and losses.
1. Call the Police
Contacting law enforcement is always the first necessary step following
a collision. The police can help establish the details of an accident,
provide an official accident report, help divert traffic, and mediate,
if needed, between the drivers involved. Make sure you obtain the police
report as soon as possible to check for inaccuracies. If there are any
inaccuracies, contact the investigating officer as soon as possible to
resolve the inaccuracies.
2. Accept Medical Treatment
The health and well-being of those involved in the car accident is a top
priority after a collision occurs. If you or your passengers have been
hurt, make sure to follow the instructions of emergency medical personnel
who arrive at the scene. If you are able, please check on all persons
involved in the accident to make sure they are not injured.
3. Take Photographs of Both Vehicles
Photographing the damage suffered in the collision is the first step in
documenting the accident. Ensure that all damage, on both vehicles, is
photographed (with an available mobile phone camera), from multiple, clear
angles with as much available light as possible.
4. Take Down Names of Witnesses
If other drivers or pedestrians witnessed your collision, then they are
a resource in helping document what exactly happened. Be sure to get their
names and phone numbers so that, if necessary, they can provide an account
of the circumstances of your accident.
5. Take a Photo of the Other Motorist's Driver's License and Insurance Card
All drivers involved in the accident should exchange license information
and insurance information. Use your cell phone camera to take a sharp,
readable photograph of the other driver’s license and insurance
information. It is not uncommon for drivers involved in auto accidents
to give incorrect or false information.
6. Refrain from Giving a Recorded Statement to the Other Driver's Insurance Carrier
Once an insurance company is informed that their insured was involved in
an auto accident, they will likely take measures to deflect fault from
their insured to save from paying for repairs or medical bills. This means
that they will try to contact you to get recorded a statement. Always
decline to give a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance
carrier. It is in your best interest to hire a lawyer before you talk
to any insurance company.
7. Hire a Personal Injury Attorney as Soon as Possible
Dealing with insurance companies after an auto accident can be intimidating
and stressful. A dedicated and skilled personal injury attorney can help
you through every step of this process. Make sure you hire a personal
injury attorney to ensure that your rights are protected, and to properly
advocate for any reimbursement you are entitled to.
Have more questions? Do not hesitate to
contact us at Guerra & Farah, PLLC. Our compassionate and experienced team is
ready to hear your story during a
free case evaluation.