Unfortunately statistics prove that Texas leads the nation in car crash related deaths each year.
Texas, approximately 1 person is injured every 2 minutes. Each year approximately 89,270 Texans are injured in car crashes and there are 3,377 deaths resulting from these crashes (this means that a person dies every 2 hours and 36 minutes on Texas roads). The leading contributing factors are speeding, distracted driving, head on crashes and alcohol related crashes. The numbers for Dallas compared to other cities in Texas are extremely high with the number of fatal crashes at 131 and the number of fatalities resulting from those crashes being 146.
You never want to be caught unprepared for these life altering events. We want to help you be prepared in case you are involved in an accident. Here are some important tips on what to do after an accident:
- Stay calm
- Don’t leave the scene – never drive away
- Don’t admit fault and don’t agree not to report – if you aren’t sure if you are injured, don’t say no, say you aren’t sure. Make sure all statements to the police are accurate to the best of your knowledge. If you are unsure, say you are unsure.
- Call 911 and get a police report – even if there are no serious injuries
- Don’t move seriously injured people unless they are in danger
- Preserve the scene, keep everyone safe and away from the scene – turn on your flashers, set-up flares. Keep the vehicles where they are if at all possible
- Exchange insurance information and report it – often the police officer will do this, but if not, make sure you have it. Make sure you call your insurance company as soon as possible. They usually require prompt and full cooperation. It is on this call that you will find out what your true coverage benefits are.
- Take photos and notes and get witness contact information – you should use your cell phone to take photos of the vehicles and any apparent injuries. Do not interfere with the police investigation.
- Seek medical attention – make sure you “get checked out”. Often the pain does not surface until a day or two following the incident. Make sure you seek medical attention for even the slightest injury. You never know when it could manifest itself later in the form of a serious spinal cord injury. The same goes for a head injury. Minor head bumps sustained during a crash can often lead to a closed head injury if left untreated.
- Keep a file and protect your rights – make sure you keep all documents related to the crash together. This will make talking to an attorney and other involved parties much easier. One of the most important things you should do is contact an attorney. They can best help you if you contact them immediately. They can help by preserving evidence and advising you of your rights.
At this time your focus should be on dealing with recovering from this catastrophic event or the death of a loved one. Let our experienced and compassionate team help you navigate through these difficult issues.