Automobile accidents can be devastating. A moment of one driver’s negligence can cause a lifetime of damages to another driver. Many times, the victim and their families are faced with high medical bills, property damage, physical and emotional trauma, and in some cases funeral expenses. Whether you have been injured, or your insurance company is refusing to pay your lawful claims, Powers Taylor can help.
Did You Know?
During 2013 in the state of Texas there were:
- 232,041 people injured in a car accident
- 18,113 alcohol related crashes
- 3,377 traffic deaths
- A crash was reported every 71 seconds
In the city of Dallas there were:
- 26,846 crashes
- 10,248 people injured in a car accident
- 146 fatal crashes
- There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2013
For more information on other types of Auto Accidents visit these pages:
- Commercial Trucking Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Dram Shop Liability
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
Car Accident Checklist
Quickly assess the situation
Are you injured? Will you need medical attention? What type of damages does your car have? Will you be able to move your car? Take a minute to compose yourself. Check to see what types of damages you have. Make sure that you are not in a place of immediate danger. If you need to move your car, move it to a safe location that is close to the scene. If you are unable to move your car, call for roadside assistance.
Whether you have injuries or physical damages you need to call 911. While you may be able to assess the general scope of damages, you are not an expert. The police will be able to write a report stating which party was at fault, assess any physical damage to the car, document any complaints of physical injury, and aid in the process of gathering information. The report provided by the police can help you prove liability and corroborate your damages during a lawsuit.
After the accident it is important to gather the information of the person responsible. This should include:
- Name, phone number and email address of those involved
- Drivers License Number (or a picture)
- License plate and VIN number of the other car(s)
- Insurance information including who the policy is with, the agent, the claim number, the policy number and the name the policy is under (a picture is great for this as well
- Time, date and location of the accident
Make sure to get the name, phone number, and email address of any witnesses that stopped as well. It is important to gather all of this information at the scene. Once you have left the accident, it becomes much more difficult to gather the information you will need.
If possible, take pictures of the location of the accident and any damage to cars involved. This should include pictures of debris, positions of the cars, and conditions of the cars.
How We Can Help
Car accidents are stressful and traumatic enough without worrying about the physical, emotional, and financial aftermath. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another driver, you deserve to be compensated. Let Powers Taylor help. Contact us today for a free consultation. All calls are kept confidential.