What to do when you get into a car accident?
1. Wherever you are, make sure to call the police.
You need to make sure to have a verbal report of what happened. If anybody is injured you need to make sure EMS is on the way The police can include all of the facts from the scene in the police report. The police can say that if there are not catastrophic injuries, they will not come out. Insist that they do, but if they don't, the most important thing is to make sure you have placed the 911 call. All 911 calls are recorded and can often times be used as evidence in your case.
2. Don't admit to anything.
A lot of kind Texans like to apologize but if you say you're sorry, then any witnesses can testify to that and it can be used against you.
3. Don't make a recorded statement.
Whether thats to your insurance company or the other parties insurance company. Recorded statements can often be used against the person making them. If they ask you about your injuries and you're in a state of shock, you may end up saying all you have is a headache but 3 weeks later you have lower back pain. The insurance company can now use the recorded statement to prove that you didn't have that at time of injury. If you do make a recorded statement make sure that your attorney is present.
4. Seek medical attention within 48 hours after the accident.
Even if you have insurance or not, seek medical attention. If you are involved in an accident and the accident was not your fault, whether you have insurance or not, you will be compensated for the expenses that are associated with your medical treatment. If you have a gap of a week or two weeks, then it makes it difficult to correlate the injuries with the accident.
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