In 2018, one person was injured every two minutes as a result of a car crash in Texas. While the total number of fatalities decreased, nearly 15,000 people sustained serious injuries. The Texas Department of Transportation estimates crashes also resulted in $38 billion in economic losses.
If you are involved in a collision, you are obligated to stop at the scene even if you don’t believe any injuries or damage resulted. Secondly, never admit fault for the accident. The police and your insurance company will sort out the details and assess responsibility.
What to do at the scene
There are many steps you should take if you are involved in a crash. Some are obvious, including:
- Assess injuries: Check whether you or anyone else needs urgent medical care and call 911.
- Contact police: It’s a good idea to contact the police even for a fender-bender. Texas law requires you report any crash involving fatalities or injuries, or if damage likely exceeds $1,000.
- Avoid discussions with the other party: You should only talk about the crash with police, medical responders and your insurance company.
Know what information to collect
After you’ve assessed injuries and contacted the proper authorities, make sure you collect vital information, such as:
- Name, address, phone number and insurance information for the other driver(s)
- Make, model and year of other vehicle(s) as well as license plate number(s) and registration information
- Document the scene of the accident, such as the address and including any cross streets
- Description of what happened
- Take photos of scene and damage from several angles
- Note any weather or driving conditions that may have contributed to the crash
- Names and contact information for witnesses
- Name and badge number of responding police officer
Protect yourself by seeking legal help
Thousands of people are injured each year in the Lone Star State as a result of someone else’s negligence on the roadway. Victims often suffer massive financial consequences, including medical debt, lost wages and related costs. An experienced personal injury attorney will fight to protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.