What to do after an accident in Laredo

Skilled Car Accident Lawyers in Laredo

If you or a loved one was hurt in a car accident, you should know about your rights and your options, and a Laredo personal injury attorney at Ben Bronston & Associates can help you answer those pressing questions and receive some peace of mind. Whether or not you have a case depends on the answers to a number of questions, including how the accident occurred and who was at fault. We discuss the legal side of your car accident case below. We can provide some helpful, practical tips for dealing with the aftermath of a car accident.

The First 10 Things You Should Do After an Auto Accident

Here are some things to keep in mind regarding how to proceed after being involved in any type of motor vehicle accident in Texas:

  1. Do not leave the scene. No matter how minor, you need to stay put until police arrive.
  2. Check yourself for injuries. Are you injured? Is anyone else hurt? Call 911 and get emergency medical help.
  3. Call the police. Whether or not anyone is hurt, you should get a police officer to come and file an accident report. This could be a requirement from your insurance company if you wish to collect damages for your car.
  4. Protect yourself and those involved. If you are physically able to do so, you need to get out of the way of traffic. Turn on your flashers or set up flares so other drivers can see you in time to avoid you.
  5. Document the scene. Take pictures of the scene of the accident on a camera or smartphone. This includes the placement of the vehicles, skid marks, surrounding property damage, and your own injuries, if applicable. When you are back home, as soon as you get a chance, write down every single thing you remember about the accident. Leave out no details, no matter how small. Do this quickly while the memory is still fresh.
  6. Get contact information. Ask the other driver or drivers for their names and phone numbers as well as their insurance coverage information. If there were eyewitnesses, get their information, too.
  7. Do not take the blame. You need to realize that you have been through a traumatic episode of which you only had one vantage point. You didn’t see the full situation and you don’t know everything that happened—even if you think you do. So withhold apologies or admissions of guilt. You could share some fault, but such admissions could hurt any case you end up having.
  8. Get in touch with your insurance company. Report the accident to your insurance company.
  9. Go to the doctor. Even if you feel OK, it’s important to get checked out and make sure you aren’t missing anything. If you do have an injury—such as spinal damage, whiplash, or a concussion—your medical records from this doctor’s visit will be important should you take legal action.
  10. Speak with a lawyer. Don’t answer questions from the insurance company or sign anything before speaking with a lawyer. The insurance company is not looking out for you. A good car accident attorney in Laredo will.

Do I Need a Laredo Car Accident Lawyer Right Now?

Every year in the United States alone, more than six million car accidents occur. Some are minor and result in zero injuries—just some property damage. Others result in some injuries, none of which are life-threatening. But others are serious and leave those involved with severe injuries and even loss of life.

Your case may or may not require a lawyer. If, however, you have legal questions, or you suspect that you may have a claim, there’s no reason to wait before contacting us. Our firm has a long list of awards and accolades. We’re accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and we’ve been named to the list of Top Lawyers by Houstonia magazine. All this to say: When you call us, you can have confidence in us. You can know that we’re here and we’re ready to help.

Contact Ben Bronston & Associates for Counsel Focused on Results

You’re not alone. You may feel overwhelmed even trying to think about the legal side of an accident, but you don’t have to feel that way. Our Laredo car accident attorneys at Ben Bronston & Associates have helped many clients who have been in your shoes. We realize that you are likely experiencing some trauma, anxiety, and fear right now, but you should know that we’re ready to be on your team and help you through this.

Contact our law office in Laredo now to set up a consultation; we can be reached at (956) 434-4000.