If you or somebody you love has been involved in a vehicle accident, there are various steps that you should take immediately after the incident, as well as in the days and weeks that follow the incident. A person’s actions following a vehicle crash can play a significant role in their ability to recover compensation from the at-fault party. Here, the team at Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, wants to discuss the steps that we recommend all individuals take after they are involved in a vehicle accident in Dallas.
It is critical to remain at the scene of a crash and call 911 to report the incident. Even if the crash does not seem that severe, the incident needs to be reported to the police can come to conduct a preliminary investigation and fill out an accident report.
Any person involved in a crash needs to seek immediate medical care. Dallas vehicle accident victims who seek medical care right away have a much higher likelihood of securing full compensation for their losses. Not only does seeking medical care immediately following a crash ensure the well-being of those involved, but it also establishes a direct link between the crash and the injuries.
If it is safe to do so after a crash occurs, and if injuries are not too serious, those involved can begin to gather evidence. They can use their cell phones or another type of camera to take photographs of vehicle damage, injuries, weather and traffic conditions, license plate numbers, and more. It is also important to get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses as well as the name, driver’s license number, and insurance information of any other driver involved.
A skilled Dallas car accident attorney should be contacted immediately. When an attorney gets involved soon after a crash occurs, they can begin preserving evidence and working to determine liability. An attorney can handle all communication with any other party, including the insurance carrier.
Regardless of who caused the vehicle accident, you will need to report the incident to your personal auto insurance carrier. Most insurance carriers require that a crash be reported within a day or two after the incident occurs. Failing to report the incident could result in a claim delay or denial. However, you do not have to go into much detail when you make an initial report. You only need to let the carrier know that the accident occurred and the information of any other driver involved.
It is important for any person involved in a vehicle accident to continue all follow-up medical treatments until their doctor says they have reached maximum medical improvement. Discontinuing care too early could result in the insurance carrier delaying or denying a claim.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a car accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of someone else in the Dallas area, reach out to the team at Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC for help immediately. Our attorneys are standing by the conduct a complete investigation and help you recover the compensation you need. Let our Dallas car accident lawyers get to work today. You can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling us at 214-295-2900.