What to Do After a Texas Auto Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost six million auto accidents occur every year in the U.S. Of those accidents, nearly three million result in injuries and 34,000 end in death. Dallas accident attorney Windle Turley has built a reputation of pursuing justice and compensation for accident victims throughout Texas and the nation.
If you’re involved in a car, motorcycle or truck accident, follow these steps:
Stop: In Texas, drivers involved in accidents are required to stop immediately or face criminal charges. If the crash scene involves injuries, serious damage or potentially unclear fault, leave the car where it is and warn other drivers by engaging your hazard lights and igniting flares. Otherwise, move the vehicle to a safe place, out of traffic.
Stay calm: Before you exit your vehicle, take a moment to regain your composure, assess the situation, and check for oncoming traffic.
Check for injuries: Don’t attempt to move anyone who is seriously injured, but do assist anyone in need of immediate first aid if you can.
Call 911: Be prepared to give the exact location and a brief description of the accident’s details. Report any injuries, and the extent of vehicle damage.
Don’t admit fault: You may not be immediately aware of all of the factors that resulted in a wreck, and your admittance of fault can be used against you later.
Exchange driver information: Obtain personal and insurance information from other involved drivers.
Gather evidence: Collect names and phone numbers of witnesses you feel may help clarify facts in your case. Take multiple pictures of vehicle damage, personal injury, and relevant physical evidence.
Call the Turley Law Firm: In Texas, an automobile collision lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date of the accident. However, it’s best to contact our Dallas accident attorney immediately, so our firm can better advise you and protect your rights.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, please contact the Turley Law Firm by completing the form on this page or by calling (214) 691-4025 today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We proudly welcome clients from Dallas, Fort Worth and other areas throughout Texas.