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Steps to Take After Your Motor Vehicle Accident in Texas

A car accident can obviously be a traumatic experience for anyone, even if no one is injured. During this time, it can be difficult to think clearly, and it can be very easy to make mistakes that can damage your chances of obtaining compensation for your injuries and other losses. Knowing the right steps to take after your motor vehicle accident in Texas can go a long way toward ensuring your rights will be protected. At the Amaro Law Firm, our car accident attorneys can guide you through this challenging time. We will build a strong case that will hold the at-fault driver responsible for their negligence and ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries and other damages. This guide will discuss what you can do to help protect your claim and your legal rights, so we can build the strongest case possible.

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Contact 911

Contact 911, even if you are not seriously injured. A police officer will arrive at the scene to fill out an accident report. If you or anyone else involved in the accident was injured, first responders will arrive and provide emergency medical treatment.

Avoid Admitting Fault

When you speak to the police, or an insurance company, do not admit fault. Only provide the facts as you know them. Admitting fault can seriously harm your claim for compensation.

Accident Report

Request a copy of the accident report. The accident report will include valuable information including who the police believe was at fault for the accident. The accident report can be used as evidence when you file your claim.

Remain at the Scene of the Accident

If you are involved in an auto accident in Texas, you must not leave the scene of the accident. If you do leave the scene, your license may be revoked or suspended, or you may face criminal charges if someone was injured. Remain at the scene until you have spoken with a police officer.

Move Your Vehicle

Immediately following an accident, remember to stay calm. If your vehicle is still operational, move it to the side of the road, but keep it close to the accident site. Moving your vehicle can prevent a secondary collision. If your vehicle is not operational, move away from the accident and inform the 911 dispatcher that you were unable to move your vehicle.

Exchange Information

Exchange information with the other driver. This will include obtaining their insurance policy information, full name, address, phone number, make, model, and color of their vehicle, and their driver’s license number.


Gather Evidence


Use a camera on your phone to take photos of the accident site from a variety of angles. Make sure you include pictures of the damage done to both vehicles. You should also take photos of anything that you believe may have contributed to your accident such as broken or missing traffic lights and signs, debris in the road, poor road conditions, and inclement weather conditions. You should also take photos of the road or intersection where the accident took place, any skid marks that are present, and your injuries.


Seek Medical Attention


Even if you feel okay after the accident, you must still seek medical attention as soon as possible. In some cases, an accident victim may not experience symptoms of a serious injury for several hours or days following an accident. A medical professional can thoroughly examine you and identify any injuries. They may also recommend that you follow up with your primary care physician as soon as possible, depending on the severity of your injuries. You must keep all of your medical treatment documentation as well as your medical bills. Both will be used as evidence in your claim.


Document the Accident


One of the most important steps to follow after an auto accident is jotting down everything you can remember after the accident has taken place. Record every detail you can recall regarding the accident, including driving conditions, road conditions, who you were with, and where you were going. You should also write down things you saw or felt and everything the other driver said immediately following the accident.

You should also include information regarding property damage, in addition to details of the injuries sustained, and how these injuries have impacted your daily life. If you become involved in an insurance dispute, this documentation can be used as valuable evidence in your claim.


Contact Your Insurance Company


You should contact your insurance company as soon as possible after the accident. Make sure that you answer all of their questions and stick only to the facts.


Avoid Speaking to the Other Driver’s Insurance Company


The other driver’s insurance company may contact you shortly after the accident to request a statement. They may also ask if they can record your statement. The insurance adjuster’s job is to pay the accident victim as little as possible if anything at all. An insurance company is a business, and they are not on your side. The insurance adjuster will focus on getting you to admit you were responsible for the accident and/or that your injuries are not as severe as you claim they are. In some cases, an insurance company will be quick to offer a low settlement amount. This is done usually before an insurance company even knows the extent of your injuries and other damages.


Do Not Accept a Settlement


If you accept a settlement offer from the insurance company, you will be unable to pursue compensation in a lawsuit, even if your medical condition worsens later down the line. The settlements insurance companies offer are never enough to cover the cost of an accident victim’s damages, especially if the victim has sustained a permanent and debilitating disability. An attorney can accurately value your claim and will take into consideration many factors that can impact your claim for compensation. At the Amaro Law Firm, we will work closely with experts, such as medical professionals and economists. These experts will help us calculate the cost of future medical needs, loss of earning capacity, and more. Our goal is to ensure you receive every penny of compensation you’re owed.

To protect your claim, contact an attorney before you speak to the insurance company.

Contact an Auto Accident Lawyer

A car accident attorney at the Amaro Law Firm can help you seek compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, property damage, and other losses. We will also take over communication with the other driver’s insurance company and prevent them from harassing you or pressuring you into accepting their low settlement offer. We will handle settlement negotiations to help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries and other losses. If an insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, we will sit down with you to discuss your other legal options. If you agree, we will file a lawsuit and present your case in court if we believe that you can receive a higher award amount.

Areas We Serve

At the Amaro Law Firm, we provide service to clients in the following areas:


  • – Houston
  • – Austin
  • – Dallas
  • – San Antonio
  • – Sugar Land
  • – The Woodlands
  • – Clear Lake
  • – Cypress
  • – Lakeway
  • Greater Heights

Schedule a consultation with one of our car accident lawyers today. Our team of attorneys is available to meet with you to discuss the facts of your case and the best way to proceed to hold the negligent driver responsible.

Contact the Amaro Law Firm Today

After a car accident, you must know that you’re not alone. Contact the Amaro Law Firm today to speak with our team of knowledgeable and experienced attorneys. When you schedule a free consultation with us, you will meet with one of our experienced auto accident attorneys to discuss the facts of your case. We will go over all of your legal options and how we can help you build the strongest case possible to hold the at-fault driver responsible for their negligence. Don’t put off contacting an attorney. Speak with one of our lawyers today and let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve.