A car accident injury can mean long-term pain and serious medical bills for Houston residents. In any given year, about 110,000 crashes occur in Harris County, with more than 300 fatalities. If you are involved in an accident, it’s essential to take action quickly.
Get Safe and Check for Injuries
If your vehicle is creating a safety hazard, get clear of the danger. Check yourself and those around you for injuries, including passengers and the occupants of the other vehicle. If aid is needed, call 911 immediately. Do not leave the scene.
Get the Other Driver’s Information
You have the right and responsibility to get insurance and contact information from anyone else involved in the accident. If another driver is uncooperative, do not cause a confrontation. Get the make, model and license plate number of the vehicle if possible.
Document the Scene
If you have a smartphone, a camera or any other mobile device capable of taking photos, do so. Photograph your vehicle and any other vehicle involved in the situation, as well as damage to the surroundings. Most cameras will mark these with the date, creating valuable evidence.
Get Statements from Witnesses
If there are any witnesses who have remained at the scene, get their contact information as soon as you can. While speaking to others at the scene, don’t make any statements accepting blame or suggesting you “didn’t see” a vehicle or road hazard.
Cooperate With the Police
Law enforcement officers are dispatched to the scene of most accidents. You can and should request that officers ticket the other driver. Get the names and badge numbers of the officers and find out how to get a copy of the police report.
Get a Medical Examination
Even if you feel fine, it’s crucial to see a doctor after any traffic accident. The symptoms of serious injuries, such as concussion, may take days to develop on their own. An examination will help you understand the treatment costs and prognosis of any injury you have sustained.
Contact Nguyen & Chen
An accident lawyer can help you protect your legal rights by ensuring the real facts of the case are established. With a lawyer’s help, you can pursue the damages you may be entitled to as the result of another person’s reckless or careless driving.
To find out more and get immediate help after a car accident in Houston, contact Nguyen & Chen today.