What To Do After A Car Accident

There are immediate steps that you, friends or family members can take following a car accident that will help your case for injury and damage compensation. The following steps should not be considered as legal advice, but they will help you take prudent actions to protect your rights, interests and final outcome in relation to interactions with police officers, witnesses, insurance representatives and medical personnel.

If you have questions about any of the following steps, please call Apffel Law Firm in League City at 281-724-4701 to speak with an experienced legal professional or schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with attorney Trey Apffel. We can help you make the best possible decisions regarding how to proceed in your unique case.

Important Steps To Take Following A Car Accident

  1. Call 911 right away to get police and emergency medical personnel to the accident scene. Potential injuries and shock should always be treated and documented by professionals.
  2. Never admit fault without speaking to a lawyer. Any type of admission, even just saying that you are sorry for something, can be turned against your case. Cooperate with police officers, medical personnel, witnesses and others involved in the accident, but do not admit fault.
  3. Follow the advice of medical personnel on the scene and be sure to see a doctor about your injuries. If you cannot afford medical treatment, call us. We can help you find the affordable care that you need, which will be reimbursed in your settlement if your case is successful.
  4. Take photos, note conversations, document how the accident happened and get contact information of all parties involved to the extent that you are able. Important documentation includes:
    • Photos of the accident scene, including road conditions, vehicle damage, other people involved in the accident, witnesses and injuries
    • Names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, insurance information, license plate numbers and vehicle types of other drivers involved in the accident
    • Contact information of witnesses
    • Police officers' names and badge numbers along with the number of the police report
  5. Report the accident claim to your insurance company.
  6. Speak with an experienced Texas personal injury attorney before making any recorded statement to your or the other driver's insurance company. It is best to have an attorney present during any recorded conversation to ensure that there is no confusion about the events that took place and your roll in the events.
  7. Never agree to a settlement before speaking with a personal injury attorney.

The specifics of what you should do after a car accident might differ from these general guidelines. In any accident situation, consulting a reputable and resourceful attorney is a good decision. Our firm will help you understand your full legal options and ensure that you are aware of all possible outcomes of your claim. We will not let an insurance company take advantage of you, and we will fight for your best possible outcome.

Call Us To Discuss Your Particular Accident Circumstances

Contact our office at 281-724-4701. We are prompt, responsive and professional in all cases that we handle with integrity and passion.