What Not to Do in a Texas Car Accident
There is no denying that serious car accidents are as terrifying as they are dangerous. While every car accident involves its own specific set of circumstances and is, therefore, unique, there are some highly specific don’ts that apply across all accidents. Better understanding these can help you better protect both yourself and your case.
Do Not Fail to Prioritize Your Own Health and Safety
If you have been involved in a serious car accident (or even a minor car accident in which you were physically injured), it is imperative that you put your own health and safety first. This includes all of the following:
Pull your vehicle as far out of the way of oncoming traffic as you possibly can (whether you have been injured or not).
If you are seriously injured, remain in your vehicle if it is safe to do so.
If you are offered medical attention at the scene of the accident, accept it and follow all recommendations (including proceeding to an emergency room if necessary).
If emergency medical professionals are not available, seek the medical attention you need from your own primary care provider.
Do Not Leave the Scene of the Accident
In the State of Texas, it is against the law to leave the scene of a car accident if the accident results in any property damage (regardless of how minor) or in any physical injury. If you are involved in a car accident, remain at the scene until the authorities arrive or you exchange all necessary information with the other driver (for minor accidents in which you can both safely drive away).
Do Not Forget the Basics
If you are able to do so, provide aid and support to anyone who has been injured in the accident – until medical help arrives. It is the right thing to do, and in Texas, you are not liable for civil damages related to any good faith efforts to administer emergency care.
Do Not Discuss the Accident
Do not discuss the accident – or argue about the specifics – with the other driver. If the police ask you to provide an official statement, answer their questions truthfully and succinctly without delving into any additional narratives. Stick to the facts and answer only those questions you are asked specifically.
Do Not Speak to the Insurance Company without the Guidance of a Personal Injury Attorney
After a serious car accident, you are going to be hearing from the at-fault party’s insurance company. It is important to know, however, that you are not required to provide the insurance representative with an official statement regarding the accident, and it is not beneficial to do so. Your personal injury attorney will deal with the insurance company on your behalf.
Do Not Fail to Retain an Experienced Killeen Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured by another motorist’s negligence, attorney Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, has the experience, resources, and fortitude to help guide your case toward a resolution that favors your most complete recovery. Your case is important, so please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 for more information today.