If you have been involved in a car accident, the very first thing you should do is to contact the police about your accident right away! Reporting a car accident to the authorities and filing a police report will be in your favor.
After any type of vehicle accident, regardless of the severity, always call 911 and tell the dispatcher your location and that you were involved in a car wreck. A police officer will arrive to the scene shortly after the phone call. Be sure to provide the officer important details about your accident, which they will include in the police report, also known as accident or incident report.
What do I tell the officer?
Explain what happened in detail. The officer will help by asking strategic questions such as “were you wearing a seatbelt?” “who’s at fault?”, etc. All of this information will be in the report that will provide you support further down the road if you are in a court case. It will be crucial to establish fault during the insurance claims process as well.
You will also have to give the officer your proof of insurance, driver’s license, and vehicle registration. Tip: Keep all these items in a folder in your glove box at all times.
How to Get Access to the Police Report?
By Texas law, a police officer has to submit a report to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) for an accident that has a personal injury, death, or damage to property in excess of $1,000 no later than 10 days after the car crash. TxDot records car accidents on all roadways, not just the highways. There are some pieces of information that you need to provide in order to obtain the report.
- Name of everyone present in the car(s) at the time of the crash
- Date and/or location of the accident
The cost is: $6.00 for a regular copy and $8.00 for a certified copy, required for most legal proceedings.
Important Information to Gather
Many people involved in car accidents are frazzled by the event and often forget key information that they should gather after the accident. This is important for getting medical and work compensation after the accident during your personal injury claim and negotiations. Here is a quick list of information you need in any car accident. We recommend you to print off this list and keep it in your car for easy access, if and when you are involved in an accident.
Car Insurance Tips and Tricks
Battling with the insurance companies after a car accident can be tricky sometimes. Your insurance premium will likely rise because you are now considered a liability on the road. Be aware of insurance scams where agents take advantage of these unfortunate events. It’s always best to contact a car accident attorney to get the legal view of your situation before trusting in a car insurance salesperson. In fact, car accidents involved with uninsured or underinsured drivers result in very complicated legal proceedings.
All insurance companies have the duty to act in good faith. If you feel that you have been wronged by an insurance company or have any concerns, contact a lawyer to understand your rights.
Avoid Making These Mistakes After a Car Accident
Car accidents in Austin, Texas and anywhere else can be a traumatic experience and a costly one, for that matter! Protect yourself and be aware of these common mistakes many people make after a car accident.
Signs That You Should Hire a Lawyer to Represent Your Case
Consult a lawyer — you don’t get charged unless we win your case. It won’t cost you a dime!
If you are questioning whether or not you should hire a lawyer in Austin, Texas to represent your car accident case ask yourself these questions:
✐ Did I sustain injuries from the accident?
✐ Was the accident a result of someone else’s negligence?
✐ Did someone else cause the accident?
If you have answered yes to these three questions then you should hire a personal injury attorney or car accident lawyer to represent your case!
Here’s Why You Should Hire a Lawyer:
✔ The cause of the accident may be due to faulty equipment, car defect, or some other non-obvious reason. A personal injury attorney will be able to investigate the facts.
✔ You may need a lawyer on your side when dealing with insurance companies. Some companies don’t practice good faith and may deny you a fair claim.
✔ You may end up with a lot of bills! Whether it’s medical bills from receiving immediate medical attention, or lost income from missing work due to the accident.