Car accident injuries are relatively common in the Lone Star State. In fact, in 2017, one person sustained an injury on state roadways approximately every two minutes. While there are a variety of ways to minimize your chances of suffering an injury in a motor vehicle crash, you may not be able to escape one forever.
Collisions are inherently stressful events. As such, you may feel a sense of confusion or even helplessness after a car crash. Nonetheless, you should try to take certain steps to protect both yourself and your legal interests. Here are five crucial ones.
1. Call the police
A car accident can endanger your life and the life of others. Therefore, you should always call the police following a crash. Not only do officers know how to secure the accident scene, but they also understand how to conduct investigations and write official reports.
2. Document the scene
Even though you have a police report, you also want to independently document the accident scene. Provided you can do so safely, try to take some photographs of the crash, your injuries and your property damage. Also, gather the names and contact information for all possible witnesses.
3. Go to the doctor
Even minor car accidents can cause major injuries. Regrettably, though, not all injuries show up immediately. On the contrary, you may not realize you have an injury until hours or even days after the crash. Accordingly, you should always go to the doctor for a full examination after any type of car accident.
4. Watch your words
You may need to pursue reasonable compensation from the negligent driver who caused the accident that resulted in your injuries and property damage. Unfortunately, though, the driver or his or her insurer may be looking to blame you. Therefore, you must be careful not to admit fault or otherwise harm yourself.
5. Focus on your recovery
A car crash can leave you with serious and life-limiting injuries. These may be both physical and emotional. To boost your chances of recovering completely, you need to focus on your health. Following your doctor’s orders, pursuing rehabilitation and seeking therapy are often effective strategies.