Being involved in a car accident in Texas takes everyone by surprise. Even people that have been in car accidents before can still be in a state of shock and unsure what to do. Here are some of the most important things to remember if you are ever in a crash..
Stay at the scene
It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident that involves property damage or bodily injury. One of the worst things you can do after a car accident is panic and drive away. Even if the accident wasn’t your fault, you could end up being charged with a crime if you don’t remain at the scene.
Speak to the other people involved
After getting your car and/or yourself out of the middle of the road, you should check to make sure that everyone who was involved in the crash is OK. Call 911 and offer assistance if appropriate.
If the drivers weren’t seriously injured in the motor vehicle collision, you can begin exchanging identifying information with each other. You are legally obligated to provide your name and address as well as your car’s registration number and the name of your insurance provider. If you are asked to show your driver’s license, you must provide that as well.
Collect evidence and call your insurance provider
Your insurance provider should be notified about the crash you were involved in as soon as possible. It may also be helpful to collect as much photographic evidence from the scene as you can. This may help you to dispute a claim filed against you or to file a claim against the other driver.